What is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive debilitating condition characterized by scarring of the lung tissues that slowly affects breathing ability.

Pulmonary fibrosis belongs to a group of disorders called interstitial lung diseases. In some cases, pulmonary fibrosis may be the result of environmental exposures, chemotherapy or radiotherapy, autoimmune conditions (scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis), or residual infection. However, in most cases, the cause remains obscure; this condition is termed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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