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Goodpasture syndrome is a rare, autoimmune disease that can affect the lungs and kidneys. Normally, the immune system creates antibodies to fight off germs. With Goodpasture syndrome, however, the immune system makes antibodies that attack the lungs and kidneys, instead of the germs.
According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, this condition may last anywhere from a few weeks to as long as two years. In some cases, bleeding in the lungs may occur - resulting in a very serious condition. However, in most cases, Goodpasture syndrome does not cause permanent damage to the lungs. Damage to the kidneys, however, may be long-lasting. If the kidneys fail, kidney transplantation or dialysis therapy may become necessary.
Goodpasture syndrome may be an inherited condition, or may develop as a result of a combination of factors.
The following are the most common symptoms of Goodpasture syndrome. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
As the condition progresses, other symptoms may occur, including the following:
Eventually, symptoms of kidney involvement may occur, including the following:
The symptoms of Goodpasture syndrome may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for Goodpasture syndrome may include the following:
Specific treatment for Goodpasture syndrome will be determined by your physician based on:
Treatment may include: