Learnings from the case

The most important take home messages of the case are:
  1. Honeycombing is a pre-requisite for the diagnosis of a definite UIP pattern.
  2. In clinical practice after examining all the available data (history, physical examination, serology) in order to exclude alternative diagnoses, the presence of a possible UIP pattern can lead to a “working diagnosis” of IPF without resorting to lung biopsy.
  3. Increased age favours the diagnosis of IPF in a patient with a possible UIP pattern.