Unilateral IPF- A Rare Occurrence

Unilateral IPF- A Rare Occurrence

  • Priti Lokesh Meshram Associate Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai, India
  • Kapil Iyer Assistant Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai, India.
  • N Ramraje Professor & Head, Department of Pulmonary Medicine Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai, India
Keywords: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), hiatus hernia, high resolution computed tomography (HRCT), micro-aspiration

Abstract

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic non – neoplastic lung disease, which is rapidly progressive in nature, having a poor prognosis. It is restricted to the lungs and occurs in the elderly. We present a case of a 71 year old female, with progressive shortness of breath and dry cough. High resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of the chest revealed unilateral IPF of the right lung. She also had a grade 3 hiatus hernia, which only fuels the speculation of GERD being an important risk factor for the development of IPF. Till date only a handful of such cases have been reported.

Published
2019-01-15
Section
Case Report