Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

This How to Treat article and quiz are accredited by the RACGP and ACRRM for the 2017-2019 triennium
Key Points
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis often presents with progressive breathlessness and dry cough in older adults.
  • Diagnosis is difficult and should be made at an interstitial lung disease multidisciplinary meeting.
  • New anti-fibrotic medications can slow disease progression in patients with mild-moderate disease.
  • Symptom management, pulmonary rehabilitation and management of comorbidities are essential to the holistic care of patients with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.