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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

Important
It is possible that the main title of the report Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

Synonyms

  • Alveolocapillary block
  • Cryptogenic Fibrosing Alveolitis
  • Diffuse Fibrosing Alveolitis
  • Fibrosing Alveolitis
  • Hamman-Rich Syndrome
  • Interstitial Diffuse Pulmonary Fibrosis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is an inflammatory lung disorder of unknown origin (idiopathic) characterized by abnormal formation of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) between the tiny air sacs (alveoli) or ducts of the lungs. Coughing and rapid, shallow breathing occur with moderate exercise. The skin may appear slightly bluish (cyanotic) due to lack of circulating oxygen. Complications such as infection, emphysema or heart problems may develop.

Resources

Scleroderma Research Foundation
220 Montgomery Street
Suite 1411
San Francisco, CA 94104
USA
Tel: (415)834-9444
Fax: (415)834-9177
Tel: (800)441-2873
Email: srfcure@sclerodermaresearch.org
Internet: http://www.srfcure.org/home

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
22100 Gratiot Ave.
Eastpointe, MI 48021
Tel: (586)776-3900
Fax: (586)776-3903
Tel: (800)598-4668
Email: aarda@aarda.org
Internet: http://www.aarda.org/

American Lung Association
1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004
USA
Tel: (202)785-3355
Fax: (202)452-1805
Tel: (800)586-4872
Email: info@lungusa.org
Internet: http://www.lungusa.org

NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20892-0105
Tel: (301)592-8573
Fax: (301)251-1223
Email: nhlbiinfo@rover.nhlbi.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis
10866 W Washington Blvd Ste 343
Culver City, CA 90232
USA
Tel: (888)222-8541
Fax: (408)266-3289
Tel: (888)222-8541
Email: info@coalitionforpf.org
Internet: http://www.coalitionforpf.org

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
230 East Ohio Street
Suite 304
Chicago, IL 60611-3201
USA
Fax: (866)587-9158
Tel: (888)733-6741
Email: info@pulmonaryfibrosis.org
Internet: http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

Autoimmune Information Network, Inc.
PO Box 4121
Brick, NJ 08723
Fax: (732)543-7285
Email: autoimmunehelp@aol.com

European Society for Immunodeficiencies
1-3 rue de Chantepoulet
Geneva, CH 1211
Switzerland
Tel: 410229080484
Fax: 41229069140
Email: esid@kenes.com
Internet: http://www.esid.org

AutoImmunity Community
Email: moderator@autoimmunitycommunity.org
Internet: http://www.autoimmunitycommunity.org

Global Fibrosis Foundation
5036 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
Suite 244
Orlando, FL 32819
Tel: (407)909-0753
Fax: (407)909-0153
Tel: (800)872-6874
Email: globalfibrosis@gmail.com
Internet: http://www.globalfibrosis.com

For a Complete Report

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

Last Updated:  3/16/2007
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