Listen to IPF lungs
Can you hear the difference?
One of the key clinical features of IPF is the presence of crackles that can be heard during auscultation of the patient’s lungs.
The fine crackles heard in the lungs of those with IPF are similar to the sound of Velcro® being separated. The crackles are a key indicator of the presence of IPF.10
Listen to the sound files to familiarise yourself with this clinical feature.
IPF is often misdiagnosed as other conditions, such as COPD or congestive heart failure.14 If you detect the sound of Velcro® when listening to your patient’s lungs, promptly refer them to your pulmonologist, who may request a thin-slice HRCT scan without contrast agent after performing pulmonary function tests.