Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)

Diagnosing IPF

There are many different types of pulmonary fibrosis, so a multidisciplinary team will need to rule out these other conditions before they can say if you have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

Your doctor will listen to your chest, ask about your medical and work history, and order blood tests to rule out other causes. You might have further tests such as:

  • a chest X-ray, which may be followed by a CT scan to produce a very detailed image of your lungs
  • breathing tests to measure how well you can breathe in and out
  • a bronchoscopy, where a narrow tube with a camera is passed down into your lungs, so the doctor can see inside and also get samples of lung tissue for analysis

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Last medically reviewed: September 2016. Due for review: September 2019

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