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Acute exacerbations

Patients with IPF sometimes have acute exacerbations, where the patient experiences a dramatic worsening in disease symptoms due to an unknown cause.1 Your doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid or other treatment or admit you to hospital if you have an acute IPF exacerbation.1

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  1. Raghu G, et al. An official ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT statement: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and management. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011;183:788–824.

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