Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a serious lung disease. It occurs when the tissue around air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs gets thick and stiff. This makes it harder to breathe. Over time this stiff tissue causes permanent scarring in the lungs, which is called fibrosis.(1)
Other condition names
Cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis
Usual interstitial pneumonia
Europe: 1-5 in 10,000
Age of Onset
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Available at https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis. Accessed 6/9/2022.