Pulmonary vasculitis

Ulrich Specks, Karina A. Keogh

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Pulmonary vasculitis is usually but one manifestation of a systemic autoimmune disease. Primary vasculitis syndromes commonly affecting the respiratory tract are Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and the Churg-Strauss syndrome. They are small-vessel vasculitides characterized by the presence of antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (ANCA). This chapter provides an overview for a diagnostic approach to these patients that enables disease severity-adapted therapy. The respiratory manifestations of other vasculitides including Takayasu’s arteritis, Behcet’s disease, and Goodpasture’s disease are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDiffuse Lung Disease
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Approach, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781441997715
ISBN (Print)9781441997708
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies
  • Churg-strauss syndrome
  • Microscopic polyangiitis
  • Pulmonary vasculitis
  • Wegener’S granulomatosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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