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Pneumologie. 2013 Feb;67(2):81-111. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1326009. Epub 2013 Jan 16.

[German guideline for diagnosis and management of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis].

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Asklepios Fachkliniken München-Gauting und Medizinische Klinik V, Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.


Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a fatal lung disease with a variable and unpredictable natural history and limited treatment options. Since publication of the ATS-ERS statement on IPF in the year 2000 diagnostic standards have improved and a considerable number of randomized controlled treatment trials have been published necessitating a revision. In the years 2006 - 2010 an international panel of IPF experts produced an evidence-based guideline on diagnosis and treatment of IPF, which was published in 2011. In order to implement this evidence-based guideline into the German Health System a group of German IPF experts translated and commented the international guideline, also including new publications in the field. A consensus conference was held in Bochum on December 3rd 2011 under the protectorate of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pneumologie und Beatmungsmedizin (DGP)" and supervised by the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften" (AWMF). Most recommendations of the international guideline were found to be appropriate for the german situation. Based on recent clinical studies "weak negative" treatment recommendations for pirfenidone and anticoagulation were changed into "weak positive" for pirfenidone and "strong negative" for anticoagulation. Based on negative results from the PANTHER-trial the recommendation for the combination therapy of prednisone plus azathiorpine plus N-acetlycsteine was also changed into strong negative für patients with definite IPF. This document summarizes essential parts of the international IPF guideline and the comments and recommendations of the German IPF consensus conference.

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