Fine Crackles – Velcro-like Sounds – in Exams May Be IPF Screening Tool

Fine Crackles – Velcro-like Sounds – in Exams May Be IPF Screening Tool

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Fine Crackles – Velcro-like Sounds – in Exams May Be IPF Screening Tool

Listening for fine crackles — a sound like Velcro strips being separated — during routine lung checks with a stethoscope may help healthcare providers to reach an early diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a Canadian study reports. Doctors are almost 13 times more likely to hear such fine crackles, alone or in combination with coarse crackles, originating from the lungs of IPF patients than from the lungs of people with other forms of interstitial lung…

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