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The most common early signs and symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis include shortness of breath and a chronic, dry, hacking cough that does not respond to cold medicines. As IPF progresses, symptoms may include weight loss, fatigue, and a discomfort in the chest. When IPF becomes worse, complications may develop, such as pulmonary hypertension, congestive heart failure, strokes, and respiratory failure.
Symptoms of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: An OverviewIdiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a condition that is considered an interstitial lung disease (ILD). It is not cancer and is not caused by a specific infection. In fact, the exact cause of IPF is unknown (see Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Causes). Most people diagnosed with IPF are between the ages of 40 and 70, although diagnosis can occur from infancy to old age.
Early Symptoms and Signs of Idiopathic Pulmonary FibrosisThe most common early signs and symptoms of IPF include:
- Shortness of breath
- A chronic, dry, hacking cough that does not respond to cold medicines.
- A general ill feeling (malaise)
- Discomfort in the chest
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Joint or muscle aches
- Clubbing, which is a build-up of tissue at the end of the fingers or toes.