Which patient groups are at highest risk for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)?

Updated: Aug 06, 2018
  • Author: Ali Nawaz Khan, MBBS, FRCS, FRCP, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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IPF usually affects patients 50-70 years of age. Most series report a male preponderance, with a male-to-female ratio of 2:1. Clinical features consist of progressive exertional dyspnea; the presence of interstitial infiltrates, as evidenced on chest radiographs; and physiologic evidence of restriction and impaired gas exchange on pulmonary function testing.


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