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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis*: A Practical Approach for Diagnosis and Management

Jeffrey E. Michaelson, MD; Samuel M. Aguayo, MD, FCCP; Jesse Roman, MD
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*From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Drs. Michaelson and Roman), Departments of Medicine, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Emory University School of Medicine; and Morehouse School of Medicine (Dr. Aguayo), Atlanta, GA.

Correspondence to: Jesse Roman, MD, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Pulmonary Section, Rm 12C191, 1670 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033; e-mail: ROMAN-RODRIGUEZ.JESSE@ATLANTA.VA.GOV



Chest. 2000;118(3):788-794. doi:10.1378/chest.118.3.788
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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a challenging clinical entity because virtually every aspect of the disease (ie, pathogenesis, diagnosis, management) remains controversial. While the resolution of these controversies will require further investigations, the purpose of this clinical commentary is to integrate recent advances described in the literature in an effort to delineate a practical clinical approach for the diagnosis and management of IPF. As such, our commentary is not meant to be an exhaustive review, but rather a focused discussion dealing specifically with terminology, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition.

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