Causes

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

The cause of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is not known. This is why the disease is called idiopathic, which means “no known cause”. However, scientists and healthcare professionals all over the world are working to better understand the disease.

What we do know is that although it affects people of any age and ethnic background, IPF typically affects middle aged to older people and is more common in men than women. The possible risk factors that contribute to IPF can include:

Tobacco smoking

Genetics

Viruses

Environmental Factors

Occupational Exposure