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Delayed access to tertiary care associated with higher death rate from type of pulmonary fibrosis
Date:7/1/2011

ansplant. Although research is underway on potential drug therapies, currently lung transplantation is the only effective treatment.

"The initial symptoms of IPF are subtle, and accurate diagnosis may not be feasible for community-based pulmonologists," explains Lederer, Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and co-director of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Interstitial Lung Disease Program and Lung Transplant Program.

For that reason, earlier access would be aided by improved methods of early detection. But until then, the recognition, or even suspicion, of IPF should prompt referral to a tertiary care center.


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