Treating IPF—all or nothing? A PRO-CON debate

J├╝rgen Behr, Martin Kolb, Gerard Cox
Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology 2009, 14 (8): 1072-81
The Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive fibrotic lung disease with poor prognosis. It is distinct from other idiopathic interstitial pneumonias by its histopathological pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia which is characterized by accumulation of fibroblasts, extracellular matrix and honeycombing. Inflammation is only scarce in true IPF. The use of anti-inflammatory therapy is still part of guidelines for IPF management, although not specifically recommended, because convincing evidence showing beneficial effects of this approach is lacking. This review provides a summary of important arguments PRO and CON using anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant therapy for patients with IPF in form of a debate with a concluding statement of both positions at the end.

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