Narrowing the Differential Diagnosis

A correct diagnosis is crucial to ensure successful management of a patient with ILD.27 Furthermore, an accurate diagnosis allows the physician to provide his or her patient with appropriate prognostic information, and develop a suitable management strategy with the patient and caregiver.29 This figure shows the average survival for patients with UIP or IPF, fibrotic NSIP, and cellular NSIP, with UIP having the poorest overall survival.30