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Am J Med. 1979 Jan;66(1):163-71.

Goodpasture's syndrome with normal renal function.


Two male patients with Goodpasture's syndrome manifesting as severe pulmonary hemorrhage with minimal renal abnormalities are described. Both patients had microscopic hematuria with normal renal function, and one had transient proteinuria. Renal glomerular histology was normal and electron microscopic findings revealed no electron-dense deposits, but immunofluorescence of immunoglobulin G (IgG) was positive in a linear fashion along glomerular capillary basement membranes in both patients. Pulmonary hemorrhage was arrested following prednisone therapy, and both patients have normal pulmonary and renal function at five and 13 months of follow-up. The literature on patients with Goodpasture's syndrome, pulmonary hemorrhage and normal renal function with minimal proteinuria is reviewed. It is suggested that a subset of patients with Goodpasture's syndrome have pulmonary hemorrhage as their major manifestation. Since prednisone seems to have an apparent beneficial effect on pulmonary hemorrhage, and relatively good prognosis, this diagnosis should be considered in patients with idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage.

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