What is included in the long-term monitoring of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP)?

Updated: Dec 18, 2019
  • Author: Roger B Olade, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Patients with pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) usually improve dramatically with whole-lung lavage, but relapses may occur. Repeated lavage usually is necessary. Patients should have regular follow-up with a pulmonologist.

Patients prone to alveolar proteinosis related to inhalation of inorganic dusts or insecticides should avoid further exposure.


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