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Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis

  • Alternative Names

    Alveolar proteinosis; Pulmonary alveolar phospholipoproteinosis

    • Cough
    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Shortness of breath
    • Weight loss

    There may be no symptoms.

    Signs and tests

    The doctor may hear crackles ("rales") in the lungs. Often, the physical examination is normal.

    The following tests may be done:

    • Bronchoscopy with saline wash of the lungs (lavage)
    • Chest x-ray
    • High-resolution CT scan of the chest
    • Pulmonary function tests
    • Open lung biopsy (surgical biopsy)