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Issue No 43.

Fall 2018

 

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: a case report

 

By Adrien Decena

Anguilla Campus

 

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a specific form of fatal chronic, progressive lung inflammation of unknown cause, primarily occurring in older men, associated with the pattern of so called interstitial pneumonia at X-ray or tissue sample obtained by biopsy. The presenting symptoms – exertional shortness of breath and/or a nonproductive cough – are not specific because many patients with cardiac or lung diseases can have them.

Our clinical student described a systematic approach to the diagnosis and management of a patient with this disease. The reader who wishes to increase their understanding of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may find this case report very useful.

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