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New Findings on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

X-ray of chest.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis affects more than 100,000 people in the U.S. The condition results in a buildup of fibrosis–fibrous scar tissue–that blocks the lungs from performing their primary function of transporting oxygen to the bloodstream. Although the disease progresses at variable rates, most patients die within five years after being diagnosed unless they are a candidate for and receive a lung transplant, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Paul Noble, MD, professor of Medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai.

Paul Noble, MD