6MWD 6 min walk distance 6MWT 6 min walk test BAL bronchoalveolar lavage BALF bronchoalveolar lavage fluid COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease CPFE combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema CT computed tomography DLCO diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide FEV1 forced expiratory volume in 1 s FVC forced vital capacity GAP gender, age and physiology GERD gastro-oesophageal reflux disease HRCT high-resolution computed tomography IIP idiopathic interstitial pneumonia ILD interstitial lung disease IPF idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis miRNA micro RNAs NAC N-acetylcysteine NSIP nonspecific interstitial pneumonia PFT pulmonary function test PH pulmonary hypertension QoL quality of life TGF transforming growth factor TLC total lung capacity UIP usual interstitial pneumonia VEGF vascular endothelial growth factor List of abbreviations
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