Is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis an environmental disease?

@article{Taskar2006IsIP,
  title={Is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis an environmental disease?},
  author={Varsha Surendranath Taskar and David B. Coultas},
  journal={Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society},
  year={2006},
  volume={3 4},
  pages={
          293-8
        }
}
Several sources of evidence, including investigations of pathogenesis and observational studies, support the hypothesis that environmental agents may have an etiologic role in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Since 1990, six case-control studies have been conducted in three countries and have consistently demonstrated increased risk of IPF with exposures to a number of environmental and occupational agents. In a meta-analysis of these studies, six exposures were significantly associated… 
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