Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis: progress in the first 44 years.

  title={Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis: progress in the first 44 years.},
  author={John F Seymour and Jeffrey J Presneill},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  volume={166 2},
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare clinical syndrome that was first described in 1958. Subsequently, over 240 case reports and small series have described at least 410 cases in the literature. Characterized by the alveolar accumulation of surfactant components with minimal interstitial inflammation or fibrosis, pulmonary alveolar proteinosis has a variable clinical course ranging from spontaneous resolution to death with pneumonia or respiratory failure. The most effective proven… CONTINUE READING
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