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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a lung disease with no known cause. It involves damage to air sacs and scarring, causing stiffness in the lungs and difficulty breathing. Risk factors include exposure to certain types of dust (metal or wood), viral infections, smoking, acid reflux disease, and a family history of IPF.

Treatment for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

There is no cure for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Treatment focuses on medication and other therapies to relieve symptoms as much as possible and slow down its progression.

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Phillip Aguila, MD, MBA

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Dr. Aguila graduated from West Virginia University School of Medicine. He has trained in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Internal Medicine at Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He has served as Assistant Professor since 2010.

Eisaku Kamakura, MD

Eisaku Kamakura, MD (Respiratory medicine)

Dr. Kamakura graduated from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, School of Dentistry, and the Niigata University School of Medicine. He trained at Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital and held positions in the Respiratory Medicine departments at Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Ome City General Hospital, and Musashino Red Cross Hospital. In 2021, he became the specially appointed assistant professor at the Department of General Medicine, Niigata University School of Medicine.

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