The role of infection in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

@article{Molyneaux2013TheRO,
  title={The role of infection in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.},
  author={Philip L Molyneaux and Toby M Maher},
  journal={European respiratory review : an official journal of the European Respiratory Society},
  year={2013},
  volume={22 129},
  pages={376-81}
}
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, and invariably fatal, condition that is believed to arise in genetically susceptible individuals as a consequence of an aberrant wound-healing response following repetitive alveolar injury. The exact triggers, which initiate the fibrotic process, remain unknown. Infectious agents, including both viruses and bacteria, have the capacity to cause alveolar-epithelial cell injury and apoptosis. Relatively few studies have examined the role of… CONTINUE READING
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