Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF): Tests
A disease in which the alveoli (tiny air sacs at the end of the bronchioles in the lungs) are overgrown with fibrous tissue. The cause of the disease is unknown and it gets worse over time. Symptoms include difficult, painful breathing and shortness of breath.
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Diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
Seeking medical help as soon as you have symptoms is important. If possible, seek care from a pulmonologist. This is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating lung problems.
Your doctor will diagnose IPF based on your medical history, a physical exam, and test results. Tests can help rule out other causes of your symptoms and show how badly your lungs are damaged.
Your doctor may ask about:Your age Your history of smoking Things in the air at your job or elsewhere that could irritate your lungs Your hobbies Your history of legal and illegal drug use Other medical conditions that you have Your family’s medical history How long you’ve had symptoms
No single test can diagnose IPF. Your doctor may recommend several of the… Read more about Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF): Tests