Translational research in pulmonary fibrosis.


Interstitial Lung Disease Program, Center for Advanced Heart & Lung Disease, Department of Medicine, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, Texas; Department of Internal Medicine, Texas A&M University College of Medicine. Electronic address: [Email]


Pulmonary fibrosis refers to the development of diffuse parenchymal abnormalities in the lung that cause dyspnea, cough, hypoxemia, and impair gas exchange, ultimately leading to respiratory failure. Though pulmonary fibrosis can be caused by a variety of underlying etiologies, ranging from genetic defects to autoimmune diseases to environmental exposures, once fibrosis develops it is irreversible and most often progressive, such that fibrosis of the lung is one of the leading indications for lung transplantation. This review aims to provide a concise summary of the recent advances in our understanding of the genetics and genomics of pulmonary fibrosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in particular, and how these recent discoveries may be changing the clinical approach to diagnosing and treating patients with fibrotic interstitial lung disease.

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