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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.


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  • Alveolocapillary block
  • Cryptogenic Fibrosing Alveolitis
  • Diffuse Fibrosing Alveolitis
  • Fibrosing Alveolitis
  • Hamman-Rich Syndrome
  • Interstitial Diffuse Pulmonary Fibrosis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is an inflammatory lung disorder of unknown origin (idiopathic) characterized by abnormal formation of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) between the tiny air sacs (alveoli) or ducts of the lungs. Coughing and rapid, shallow breathing occur with moderate exercise. The skin may appear slightly bluish (cyanotic) due to lack of circulating oxygen. Complications such as infection, emphysema or heart problems may develop.


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American Lung Association

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NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

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Bethesda, MD 20892-0105

Tel: (301)592-8573

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Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis

10866 W Washington Blvd Ste 343

Culver City, CA 90232


Tel: (888)222-8541

Fax: (408)266-3289

Tel: (888)222-8541



Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

230 East Ohio Street

Suite 304

Chicago, IL 60611-3201


Fax: (866)587-9158

Tel: (888)733-6741



Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

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Autoimmune Information Network, Inc.

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European Society for Immunodeficiencies

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Global Fibrosis Foundation

5036 Dr. Phillips Boulevard

Suite 244

Orlando, FL 32819

Tel: (407)909-0753

Fax: (407)909-0153

Tel: (800)872-6874



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Last Updated:  3/16/2007

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