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In order to diagnose idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), your healthcare provider will begin by asking several questions, followed by a physical exam. Diagnosing the condition also includes performing certain tests, such as a chest x-ray and exercise testing. The test that is most useful for making an IPF diagnosis is the video-assisted thoracoscopy, in which a camera is inserted into the lungs and biopsies are taken.
How Is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Diagnosed?In order to make a diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a healthcare provider will begin by asking a number of questions. This will include questions about:
- Your current symptoms
- Your work history
- Any medications you are taking
- Any medical conditions you may have
- Your family's history of medical conditions
- Whether you smoke.
Tests to Diagnose Idiopathic Pulmonary FibrosisThere is no single test for diagnosing IPF. Therefore, your healthcare provider will probably recommend several different tests. Some of these tests may include:
- A chest x-ray
- High-resolution computerized tomography (HRCT)
- Pulmonary function tests
- A tuberculosis skin test (TB skin test)
- Exercise testing
- A bronchoscopy
- A lung biopsy.