Goodpasture's syndrome is a rare autoimmune disorder. It causes
inflammation of the filtering structures of the kidneys (glomerulonephritis),
excessive bleeding into the lungs, and abnormally low levels of red blood cells
Goodpasture's syndrome may cause respiratory or kidney failure.
Coughing up blood
Steroids and immunosuppressive medicines, such as
cyclophosphamide, are used to treat respiratory problems caused by
Goodpasture's syndrome. The kidney problems it causes are usually treated with
plasma exchange therapy (plasmapheresis).
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
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