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Pulmonary amyloidosis 

Pulmonary amyloidosis

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Pulmonary amyloidosis
Author(s):

D.J. Hendrick

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.181408

July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 27 June 2017

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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