Pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and its clinical implications.

Abstract

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common and lethal form of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia. The disease is thought to arise following an aberrant reparative response to recurrent alveolar epithelial cell injury leading to progressive loss of function. The median survival time is 3-5 years from diagnosis. Cigarette smoking, exposure to… (More)
DOI: 10.1586/1744666X.2014.917050

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