Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive condition where inflammation or scar tissue builds up In your lungs making them thick and hard. This build up of scar tissue is called fibrosis. This makes it increasingly difficult for the oxygen that you breathe in to get into the bloodstream.

In some people the symptoms of IPF get worse over several years; in others it comes on very quickly. There is no cure for IPF and sadly, about half the people with IPF die within two or three years.

About 5,000 people a year are diagnosed with IPF in the UK. It affects more men than women.

Symptoms include increasing shortness of breath, a cough that won't go away and feeling tired all the time.


The Trust runs a clinic to help patients with the condition. Patients can be referred to this service from their GP. 

Support group

The Nottingham IPF support group can provide further support and guidance on how to cope with living with the condition or help someone who is. For more information contact Julie Morgan on 07976 190 186 or email or visit their Facebook page.

Contact us

Tel: 07976 190186


NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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