Normal healthy lung tissue is soft and flexible, allowing easy breathing.
In IPF, the lung tissue is damaged, becoming scarred over time. This process is called fibrosis.2,3
As IPF gets worse, scarring spreads through the lungs which makes breathing more difficult.3
Once the lung tissue is damaged from progressive scarring, unfortunately it does not recover.3
People with IPF also cough a lot2,3 and are easily tired.4
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- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. NICE Information for the public. CG163 June 2O13.
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- Russell A et al. BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2O16; 16:1O
This is a schematic representation and not intended to fully capture the variability of progression in IPF.