Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic progressive disease that has a highly variable clinical course. IPF constitutes a subgroup of diffuse parenchymal lung diseases with distinct clinical, radiological and histopathological features. This study was undertaken to study the various signs and symptoms in the patients diagnosed with IPF on the basis of HRCT.
To study the clinical profile of patients with IPF.
Material and Method: This study was done on 60 patients who were diagnosed as IPF on the basis of HRCT chest findings. Each subject underwent complete physical examination and relevant investigations were done.
Result: Amongst 60 subjects, 16 were females and 44 were males. Most common age group was more than 60 years. Exertional breath lessness and dry cough were the most common symptoms. 15 patients were smokers and 25 had gastro esophageal reflux. 21-30 months is the most common duration of symptoms. Crackles are the commonest finding on physical examination.
Conclusion: Our study highlights the distribution of various signs and symptoms among the patients with IPF, which can help us in understanding the disease in a better manner which can contribute in its better management.