Acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: role of Chlamydophila pneumoniae infection.

@article{Tomioka2007AcuteEO,
  title={Acute exacerbation of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: role of Chlamydophila pneumoniae infection.},
  author={Hiromi Tomioka and Toshiyasu Sakurai and Kimio Hashimoto and Hironobu Iwasaki},
  journal={Respirology},
  year={2007},
  volume={12 5},
  pages={700-6}
}
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) may experience acute exacerbations of their illness. The actual trigger(s) of such exacerbations is unknown. Chlamydophila pneumoniae infection can cause exacerbation of asthma and COPD. A prospective study was conducted to investigate the possible role of C. pneumoniae infection in triggering acute exacerbations of IPF. METHODS A prospective observational study over 5 years of consecutive IPF patients who fulfilled… CONTINUE READING

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