June 12 2013 – GPs urged to suspect pulmonary fibrosis in older patients with persistent cough

 

 

NICE is urging GPs to be alert to the clinical features of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and refer patients who may have the condition promptly, in new guidance aimed at speeding up diagnosis and treatment for the condition.

In the first NICE guidance for IPF, says GPs should suspect the disease in patients aged 45 or older who present with a persistent cough, breathlessness and bilateral inspiratory crackles and ensure that patients are referred on for chest X-rays and specialist care.

Read the entire article at:

http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/clinical/therapy-areas/respiratory-medicine/gps-urged-to-suspect-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-older-patients-with-persistent-cough/20003259.article#.UjDpzcvD9EY

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