Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is not really a disease but a condition that may be related to disease that has shown a marked incidence in incidence recently. There is a rather sensational article in the Daily mail. 

Still it is a problem with 5000 new cases in the UK suspected in the next year.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Incidence Increasing in U.K. 

From genetic to environmental factors to a pathogenic link - or a combination, this will be better understood as time goes on I guess. Perhaps not related (this is rapid onset) but none the less a rather interesting recent case in Seoul:

But it does show that even a broad range of causes may be involved in the condition. (although that sounds a lot like H1N1)

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