Pulmonary capillaritis

Augustine S. Lee, Ulrich Specks

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Abstract

Pulmonary capillaritis is defined as a histopathologic pattern of alveolar wall inflammation that leads to the disruption of the integrity of alveolar-capillary basement membranes and flooding of the alveoli with blood. The clinical presentation is that of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH). Pulmonary capillaritis is usually the consequence of an underlying immune-mediated process that is systemic in nature. Rarely, pulmonary capillaritis occurs in isolation. This article outlines a systematic approach to the management of patients presenting with DAH, and provides an overview of specific causes of pulmonary capillaritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-555
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004

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Keywords

  • Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage
  • Pulmonary capillaritis
  • Pulmonary vasculitis
  • Small vessel vasculitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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