Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
* * *chronic inflammation and progressive fibrosis of the pulmonary alveolar walls, with steadily progressive dyspnea, resulting finally in death from oxygen lack or right heart failure. Sometimes it is a component of bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia (see under bronchiolitis).The acute, rapidly fatal form is called acute interstitial pneumonia or Hamman-Rich syndrome. Called also chronic fibrous pneumonia, interstitial or usual interstitial pneumonia, diffuse interstitial pulmonary f., fibrosing alveolitis, and interstitial or interstitial pulmonary f.
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