Raghu et al reported an algorithm for diagnosing a patient with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
Patient selection: unexplained dyspnea on exertion and/or cough, with evidence of interstitial lung disease (ILD)
(1) identifiable causes for interstitial lung disease
(2) high resolution lung CT scan (HRCT)
(3) surgical lung biopsy
UIP possible or inconsistent
evaluate at multi-disciplinary conference
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