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Indian Pediatr. 2009 Jun;46(6):521-3.

Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis.

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Department of Pediatrics, Centre for Child Health, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India.


Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare cause of respiratory distress in neonates. We present a 4 month old infant who presented with progressive respiratory distress since birth and failure to thrive. He was initially treated as a case of diffuse alveolar disease but on open lung biopsy was diagnosed as pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. The child expired at 7 months of age.

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