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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

What do you mean by Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)?

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a medical condition in which the tissues deep in your lungs become thick and scarred, thereby, reducing the breathing efficiency of a person. the build-up of scar tissue is known as fibrosis that doesn’t allow lungs to properly move oxygen into the blood stream. Due to this, brain and other body organs are unable to get sufficient oxygen.

What causes Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)?

The various possible reasons of IPF are:

  • Environmental factors such as pollution, breathing in dust
  • Certain medication
  • Infection linked to certain viruses
  • Acid reflux disease
What are the symptoms of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)?

The most common symptoms of IPF are:

  • Breathlessness
  • Persistent cough that doesn’t go away
  • Fatigue
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Clubbing of fingers and toes
How can Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) be treated?

IPF can be treated by a number of options, such as:

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Medications to relieve symptoms and slow the progress of scarring in lungs
  • Surgery (Lung transplant)