Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, also known as pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, desquamative interstitial pneumonitis(DIP), or usual interstitial pneumonitis(UID) is one of the several lung diseases that often leads to the need for a lung transplantation. To assist you in learning more about this disease, we have listed the following links that deal with IPF.
Bronchiectasis primarily affects children, although any given age may be affected. Symptoms may develop gradually after an infection, and become progressively worse. Symptoms vary widely with the individual, and can include chronic cough with sputum production and sometimes blood, shortness of breath, weight loss, fatigue, clubbing of fingers, rales, and wheezing.
The incidence is 1 in 10,000 people.
When lung transplantation is sought, both lungs are transplanted, because of the otherwise significant risk that the remaining, native lung would infect the newly transplanted lung.
The following is a list of websites with available information on IPF:
- IPF – American Lung Association
- Huff n Puff
- Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis
- IPF – National Jewish Medical and Research Center This site includes an overview of symptoms, and guidelines for managing interstitial lung disease.
- Dr. Gary Epler’s IPF Home Page Information for patients, their families and others who have questions about IPF or the Interstitial Pneumonias
- Huff n Puff
- Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
- Pulmonary Fibrosis Information
- Roger Steven’s Guide