Diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Differential Diagnosis
AbstractIdiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive, and fibrotic interstitial lung disease of unknown origin with a characteristic imaging and histologic pattern called usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP). The diagnosis of IPF is a complex procedure that requires the support of various specialists, who must integrate clinical, radiological, and histological data. The multidisciplinary team (MDT) has become the new gold standard to diagnose and manage the disease, increasing the accuracy and agreement of the diagnosis between different centers. It is mandatory to exclude nonspecific interstitial pneumonia or other diseases that can cause the UIP pattern, particularly drugs or exposure diseases, including chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis or systemic autoimmune disease. The role of the MDT is also to decide who could need a biopsy or to review patient diagnoses at regular intervals in those with additional information or unexpected evolution. This review provides updated information to achieve a proper IPF diagnosis. View Full-Text
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Aburto, M.; Herráez, I.; Iturbe, D.; Jiménez-Romero, A. Diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Differential Diagnosis. Med. Sci. 2018, 6, 73.
Aburto M, Herráez I, Iturbe D, Jiménez-Romero A. Diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Differential Diagnosis. Medical Sciences. 2018; 6(3):73.Chicago/Turabian Style
Aburto, Myriam; Herráez, Inmaculada; Iturbe, David; Jiménez-Romero, Ana. 2018. "Diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: Differential Diagnosis." Med. Sci. 6, no. 3: 73.
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