Diagnosing Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Other Conditions to Consider Before Diagnosing IPFThe lung damage seen with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is similar to that caused by other lung conditions. IPF can also share a number of symptoms with other conditions. Therefore, before a diagnosis of IPF is made, a healthcare provider will consider other conditions. Some of these conditions include:
- Pulmonary fibrosis related to scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis, or Sjogren's syndrome
- Damage caused by previous treatment with certain antibiotics, chemotherapy, or radiation
- Lung cancer
- Pulmonary histiocytosis X
- Respiratory bronchiolitis-associated interstitial lung disease (RBILD).