Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis And Rib Cage Pain

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Definition

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is scarring or thickening of the lungs without a known cause.


Alternative Names

Idiopathic diffuse interstitial pulmonary fibrosis; IPF; Pulmonary fibrosis; Cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis; CFA; Fibrosing alveolitis; Usual interstitial pneumonitis; UIP


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

No one knows what causes pulmonary fibrosis or why some people get it. It causes the lungs to become scarred and stiffened. This stiffening may make it increasingly...

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