Blood Levels Marking Collagen Turnover May Predict IPF Severity

Blood Levels Marking Collagen Turnover May Predict IPF Severity

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Blood Levels Marking Collagen Turnover May Predict IPF Severity

The degree of collagen degradation, a process called collagen turnover, evident in a person’s blood at the time idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is diagnosed predicts the severity of disease progression within one year, regardless of antifibrotic treatment, a study reported. These findings support the use of collagen turnover as a blood biomarker to monitor ongoing disease activity, helping doctors “to identify patients at high risk of disease progression,” the researchers wrote. Predictive biomarkers of progression are of particular…

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