We report a unique case of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis that developed 3 weeks after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent tsunami. The patient had inhaled dust repeatedly while visiting her devastated neighborhood without wearing a protective mask. Five weeks after the earthquake, lung samples taken from the patient showed foreign particle deposition; however, her serum was negative for GM-CSF autoantibody. The patient's clinical symptoms resolved following whole lung lavage. We conclude that inhalation of fine dust particles after natural disasters may cause the onset of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis.
- GM-CSF autoantibody
- Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis
- Whole lung lavage
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine