Pulmonary vasculitis

Ulrich Specks, Karina A. Keogh

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Pulmonary vasculitis is usually but one manifestation of a systemic autoimmune disease. Primary vasculitis syndromes commonly affecting the respiratory tract are Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and the Churg-Strauss syndrome. They are small-vessel vasculitides characterized by the presence of antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (ANCA). This chapter provides an overview for a diagnostic approach to these patients that enables disease severity-adapted therapy. The respiratory manifestations of other vasculitides including Takayasu’s arteritis, Behcet’s disease, and Goodpasture’s disease are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiffuse Lung Disease: A Practical Approach, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781441997715, 9781441997708
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies
  • Churg-strauss syndrome
  • Microscopic polyangiitis
  • Pulmonary vasculitis
  • Wegener’S granulomatosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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