Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)

This information is about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Here we provide support for those who have been diagnosed with IPF, as well as information about the condition. We also share stories about people living with IPF.

What is IPF?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a lung condition that scars your lungs and reduces the efficiency of your breathing.
Doctor and patient talking

What causes IPF?

Idiopathic means the cause is not known, but researchers now believe that the body creates fibrosis (scarring) in response to an injury to the lung.
Researcher looking at chest x-ray

How is IPF diagnosed?

A team of several experts (called a multi-disciplinary team), often at specialist hospitals, will collect information about you before making a diagnosis. This is because there are many types of pulmonary fibrosis.
Steroid tablets

Treating and managing IPF

Treatment for IPF aims to slow the rate of scarring in the lung and treat the symptoms.

Support for IPF

We've got support and advice for those who've been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

Symptoms of IPF

The first symptom you might notice is getting out of breath when you’re doing everyday activities like walking up the stairs.
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