Pulmonary hemorrhage complicating Goodpastures disease in the course of pulmonary tuberculosis
International Urology and Nephrology, 08/09/2012
Wen YK et al. – A 72–year–old man with ESRD on hemodialysis was referred to the hospital because of hemoptysis. A chest radiograph showed diffuse infiltration in the right lung field. Laboratory data showed hematuria and proteinuria. A kidney biopsy revealed diffuse crescentic glomerulonephritis with linear staining of IgG along the glomerular basement membrane (GBM). However, circulating IgG anti–GBM antibodies were not detected. Because the findings of renal biopsy suggested Goodpasture’s disease, the patient was treated with plasmapheresis and pulse steroid therapy, which resulted in a rapid resolution of his pulmonary symptoms and chest radiograph abnormalities.