Other Names for this Disease
- Anti-glomerular basement membrane antibody disease
- Glomerulonephritis - pulmonary hemorrhage
- Pulmonary renal syndrome
- Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis with pulmonary hemorrhage
glomerulonephritis. Some use the term "Goodpasture syndrome" for the findings of glomerulonephritis and pulmonary hemorrhage and the term "Goodpasture disease" for those patients with glomerulonephritis, pulmonary hemorrhage, and anti-GBM antibodies. Currently, the preferred term for both conditions is “anti-GBM antibody disease”. Circulating antibodies are directed against the collagen of the part of the kidney known as the glomerular basement membrane (GBM), thereby resulting in acute or rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. Antibodies also attack the collagen of the air sacs of the lung (alveolus) resulting in bleeding of the lung (pulmonary hemorrhage). Anti-GBM antibody disease is most often idiopathic, although it can occasionally follow pulmonary infections or be associated with pulmonary injury. Diagnosis is confirmed with the presence of anti-GBM antibody in blood or in the kidney. The treatment of choice is plasmapheresis in conjunction with prednisone and cyclophosphamide.Goodpasture syndrome is an autoimmune disease of unknown cause that affects the lungs and kidneys and is characterized by pulmonary alveolar hemorrhage (bleeding in the lungs), and a kidney disease known as
Last updated: 9/22/2015
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