South Med J 2021 Jul;114(7):424-431
From the Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Internal Medicine, the Department of Radiology, and the Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, West Virginia University, Morgantown, and the US Environmental Protection Agency, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Objectives: Obesity can be an independent predictor of fibrosis in tissues, including the liver, heart, and skin. We evaluated a rural Appalachian cohort of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) for its relation to obesity.
Methods: Using American Thoracic Society 2018 diagnostic guidelines, an IPF cohort was systematically identified at an Appalachian academic medical center (2015-2019). Read More