Recently my grandad has been told he may have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He is bad at explaining things and reacts very extremely to anything that may insinuate he may die soon. As a result he's been very hard to get information out of as to whether he was diagnosed with this or was simply told he may have it.
From the information we could get, he has had an X-ray scan, which indicated some scarring on his lungs. He's also got a cough and cold. My grandad is in his high 60's in terms of age. He also does not smoke.
We suspect his cough may have come from the cold that was going around the house quite recently. Therefore I think that they have concluded a false conclusion based on this.
As Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is firstly, poorly understood. Secondly, the discovery/results of the scar was only made quite recently, therefore I think it was due to this close discovery, and him developing this cough (Which seems likely to have been the cold going around the house) that made them conclude it was this.
It's also stated a CP scan is needed for formal diagnosis? And he hasn't had one of those, so does that mean this wasn't a diagnosis? Since we are still unsure whether it was a diagnosis or not, since accurate communication with my grandad is quite hard at this time.
So does this seem like he may have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis? Or is it something else? And how severe is a scarring on the lung? How would this scar effect him, if at all?
Thank you for taking your time to assist.