Pulmonary amyloidosis

D.J. Hendrick

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Pulmonary amyloidosis

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Amyloidosis rarely affects the lungs, but when it does, primary (AL) disease usually produces benign masses of amyloid tissue in the central airways or the parenchyma, and secondary (AA) disease typically causes diffuse infiltration of alveolar walls and interstitium. Laryngotracheobronchial deposits sometimes require resection if they are causing obstruction; parenchymal lung nodules rarely need to be removed, providing their histological nature is not in doubt; the prognosis of diffuse alveolar–interstitial disease is poor....

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Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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