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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Other Names for this Disease
- Familial idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Fibrocystic pulmonary dysplasia
- Fibrosing alveolitis
- Fibrosing alveolitis, cryptogenic
- Hamman-Rich disease
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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which tissue deep in the lungs becomes thick and stiff, or scarred, over time. As a result the lungs lose their ability to move oxygen to the brain and throughout the body. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, and dry, hacking cough. “Idiopathic” refers to cases that’s cause is unknown.
Last updated: 12/9/2008
- Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). 2007; http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/ipf/ipf_whatis.html. Accessed 12/9/2008.
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- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.