Why is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) often misdiagnosed?
Why IPF is often misdiagnosed
IPF is sometimes misdiagnosed because of the complexity of approaching the diagnosis of the variety of interstitial lung diseases. You may consider interstitial lung diseases as a group, or if you know them better, then you start to isolate and recognise the sub-groups and the sub-diagnoses in this very large group of conditions. But for someone who sees patients with ILD (Interstitial lung disease) only once in a while it’s much more difficult to spot on the chest CT what is suggestive over diagnosis of IPF for example. Or what should more evoke the diagnosis of connective tissue disease for example. And especially in connective tissue disease a lot of patients have mild features of connective tissue disease. They may have arthralgia, they may have small fever with some auto-antibodies and if you don’t ask the question about the muscle pain or muscle limitation or skin rashes, joint pain and so on or a second syndrome you may very easily miss some of the diagnosis of connective tissue disease and especially the undifferentiated connective tissue disease.
Read more on the diagnostic guidelines for IPF