Optimizing Screening for Early Disease Detection in Familial Pulmonary Fibrosis (FLORIS): A Prospective Cohort Study Design

Martijn T.K. Maus*, Karlijn Groen, Joanne J. van der Vis, Jan C. Grutters, Coline H.M. van Moorsel*

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Background: Familial pulmonary fibrosis (FPF) can be defined as pulmonary fibrosis in two or more first-degree family members. The first-degree family members of FPF patients are at high risk of developing FPF and are eligible for screening. Reproducible studies investigating risk factors for disease are much needed. Methods: Description of the screening study protocol for a single-center, prospective cohort study; the study will include 200 asymptomatic, first-degree family members of patients with FPF who will undergo three study visits in two years. The primary objective is determining the diagnostic value of parameters for detection of early FPF; the secondary objectives are determining the optimal timing of the screening interval and gaining insight into the natural history of early FPF. The presence of interstitial lung disease (ILD) changes on high-resolution computed tomography of the chest is indicative of preclinical ILD; the changes are determined at baseline. The comparison between the group with and without ILD changes is made for clinical parameters (pulmonary function, presence of digital clubbing, presence of Velcro-like crackles, blood count, liver- and kidney-function testing, patient-reported cough and dyspnea score) and exploratory parameters. Discussion: This study will be the first large-size, prospective, longitudinal cohort study for yearly screening of asymptomatic family members of FPF patients investigating the diagnostic value of parameters, including lung function, to detect early FPF. More effective screening strategies could advance early disease detection.

Original languageEnglish
Article number674
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • early detection
  • familial pulmonary fibrosis
  • interstitial lung abnormalities
  • interstitial lung disease
  • screening


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