Alveolar proteinosis; Pulmonary alveolar phospholipoproteinosis
Shortness of breath
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:
Bronchoscopywith saline wash of the lungs (lavage)
CT scan of the chest
Pulmonary function tests
Open lung biopsy(surgical biopsy)