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Pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 24 March 2017, last major update December 2011

Copyright: (c) 2003-2017,, Inc.

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Clinical features
Cite this page: Pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis. website. Accessed October 21st, 2018.
Clinical features
  • Rare, diffuse bilateral microliths or calcospherites with prominent rings within alveoli of otherwise normal lung
  • 1/3 of cases are familial, may have autosomal recessive inheritance
  • Most cases asymptomatic with benign course, but cough and more severe disease reported
  • Microliths may be confused with more common entity of corpora amylacea
  • Microlithiasis is more extensive
  • Corpora amylacea may have rings but lack calcification, and examination of Congo red stained material with polarized light reveals a Maltese cross pattern