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Goodpasture syndrome is a rare autoimmune disease that affects the lungs and kidneys. Normally, the immune system makes antibodies to fight off germs. With Goodpasture syndrome, however, the immune system mistakenly makes antibodies that attack the lungs and kidneys. This condition can quickly progress to glomerulonephritis and kidney failure.
This condition may last from a few weeks to as long as 2 years. In some cases, bleeding in the lungs may occur. This is very serious problem is most often in men ages 20 to 30 years of age. In most cases, Goodpasture syndrome does not cause lasting damage to the lungs. Damage to the kidneys may be long-lasting. If the kidneys fail, kidney transplant or dialysis may be needed.
These are the most common symptoms of Goodpasture syndrome:
As the condition progresses, other symptoms may occur, including:
Eventually, symptoms of kidney involvement may occur, including:
The symptoms of Goodpasture syndrome may look like other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.
Your doctor will review your medical history and do a physical exam. Other tests include:
Your health care provider will figure out the best treatment based on:
Treatment may include:
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