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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: pathogenesis and management

Overview of attention for article published in Respiratory Research, February 2018
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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: pathogenesis and management
Published in
Respiratory Research, February 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12931-018-0730-2
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Giacomo Sgalla, Bruno Iovene, Mariarosaria Calvello, Margherita Ori, Francesco Varone, Luca Richeldi


Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive disease characterized by the aberrant accumulation of fibrotic tissue in the lungs parenchyma, associated with significant morbidity and poor prognosis. This review will present the substantial advances achieved in the understanding of IPF pathogenesis and in the therapeutic options that can be offered to patients, and will address the issues regarding diagnosis and management that are still open. Over the last two decades much has been clarified about the pathogenic pathways underlying the development and progression of the lung scarring in IPF. Sustained alveolar epithelial micro-injury and activation has been recognised as the trigger of several biological events of disordered repair occurring in genetically susceptible ageing individuals. Despite multidisciplinary team discussion has demonstrated to increase diagnostic accuracy, patients can still remain unclassified when the current diagnostic criteria are strictly applied, requiring the identification of a Usual Interstitial Pattern either on high-resolution computed tomography scan or lung biopsy. Outstanding achievements have been made in the management of these patients, as nintedanib and pirfenidone consistently proved to reduce the rate of progression of the fibrotic process. However, many uncertainties still lie in the correct use of these drugs, ranging from the initial choice of the drug, the appropriate timing for treatment and the benefit-risk ratio of a combined treatment regimen. Several novel compounds are being developed in the perspective of a more targeted therapeutic approach; in the meantime, the supportive care of these patients and their carers should be appropriately prioritized, and greater efforts should be made toward the prompt identification and management of relevant comorbidities. Building on the advances in the understanding of IPF pathobiology, the further investigation of the role of gene variants, epigenetic alterations and other molecular biomarkers reflecting disease activity and behaviour will hopefully enable earlier and more confident diagnosis, improve disease phenotyping and support the development of novel agents for personalized treatment of IPF.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 493 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 85 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 60 12%
Student > Master 48 10%
Researcher 42 9%
Other 40 8%
Other 68 14%
Unknown 150 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 120 24%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 62 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 26 5%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 24 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 23 5%
Other 78 16%
Unknown 160 32%

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