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Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis

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Synonyms of Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis

  • Alveolar Lipoproteinosis
  • PAP
  • Phospholipidosis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Congenital Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis
  • Secondary Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis

General Discussion

Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a rare lung disorder characterized by the accumulation of grainy material consisting mostly of protein and fat (lipoproteinaceous material) in the air sacs of the lungs (alveoli). Breathing often becomes progressively difficult. The disorder occurs in different forms, ranging from mild to severe, and can affect individuals of any age. PAP may occur secondary to many environmental exposures or underlying diseases. However, most cases of PAP occur for no known reason (idiopathic or primary PAP). An extremely rare form of PAP occurs in newborns (congenital PAP).

Organizations related to Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis

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