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Diagnosis of IPF, Focus on Decision to Obtain Biopsy
Drs. Maryl Kreider, Kevin Flaherty, Jesse Roman, and Kevin Gibson discuss a case of IPF diagnosis in a 69-year-old man, with a focus on the ultimate decision to send the patient for biopsy. In some cases, because of comorbidities or age and other problems, it may be better to make decisions about diagnosis and treatment in the absence of histology in order to prevent other problems with undergoing a surgical procedure. The assessment of this patient prior to the decision to obtain a biopsy is first reviewed in this case, followed by a d...