This guideline is mainly useful to us in terms of when to consider Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis , but there was some information in here that I was not aware of that is important.
When to consider Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis:
• Patients over age 45
• Persistent breathlessness on exertion
• Persistent cough, with or without sputum
• Bilateral inspiratory crackles
• Normal spirometry (though there may be a restrictive, or less commonly obstructive) pattern
How to investigate
The above symptoms will prompt you to do a CXR, but fibrosis does not show up on CXR, so if you have a suspicion, refer the patient to respiratory as they are likely to need a CT.