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How does idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) change over time?

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Everyone's situation is different. For some people, the disease gets worse quickly. For others, the symptoms stay more or less the same for years.

Over time, you might get complications like a collapsed lung, infections, blood clots, or pneumonia. In some people, IPF can lead to lung cancer.

Doctors are able to diagnose IPF more quickly than before. They can recommend medications, other treatments, or lifestyle changes that can help you feel better and stay as healthy as possible.

SOURCES:

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "About PF."

American Lung Association.

Genetic Home Reference (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "About PF."

American Lung Association.

Genetic Home Reference (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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