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Published: 9 January 2017

Authors: Professor Lutz Beckert

This Educational Series provides detailed insight into disease-background and disease-management issues in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a devastating disorder for which no cure is currently available. However, exciting new treatments and possible combination schedules are emerging with the potential to slow disease progression and/or reduce mortality, thereby substantially shifting the management paradigm for IPF. Several such treatments are discussed in this review, which is intended for use by respiratory physicians and specialists.