Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Current Issue: 2018 - Volume 44 - Number 3 (May/June)


Characterization and outcomes of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis in Brazil: a case series

Proteinose alveolar pulmonar: caracterização e desfechos em uma série de casos no Brasil


Rodolfo Augusto Bacelar de Athayde1; a; Fábio Eiji Arimura1; b; Ronaldo Adib Kairalla1; c; Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho1; d; Bruno Guedes Baldi1; e


1. Divisão de Pneumologia, Instituto do Coração - InCor - Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo (SP) Brasil.
Submitted: 17 May 2017.
Accepted: 15 October 2017.
Study carried out in the Divisão de Pneumologia, Instituto do Coração - InCor - Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo (SP) Brasil.

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Objective: Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a rare disease, characterized by the alveolar accumulation of surfactant, which is composed of proteins and lipids. PAP is caused by a deficit of macrophage activity, for which the main treatment is whole-lung lavage (WLL). We report the experience at a referral center for PAP in Brazil. Methods: This was a retrospective study involving patients with PAP followed between 2002 and 2016. We analyzed information regarding clinical history, diagnostic methods, treatments, and outcomes, as well as data on lung function, survival, and complications. Results: We evaluated 12 patients (8 of whom were women). The mean age was 41 ± 15 years. Most of the patients were diagnosed by means of BAL and transbronchial biopsy. The mean number of WLLs performed per patient was 2.8 ± 2.5. One third of the patients never underwent WLL. Four patients (33.3%) had associated infections (cryptococcosis, in 2; nocardiosis, in 1; and tuberculosis, in 1), and 2 (16.6%) died: 1 due to lepidic adenocarcinoma and 1 due to complications during anesthesia prior to WLL. When we compared baseline data with those obtained at the end of the follow-up period, there were no significant differences in the functional data, although there was a trend toward an increase in SpO2. The median follow-up period was 45 months (range, 1-184 months). The 5-year survival rate was 82%. Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the largest case series of patients with PAP ever conducted in Brazil. The survival rate was similar to that found at other centers. For symptomatic, hypoxemic patients, the treatment of choice is still WLL. Precautions should be taken in order to avoid complications, especially opportunistic infections.



Objetivo: A proteinose alveolar pulmonar (PAP) é uma doença rara, caracterizada pelo acúmulo alveolar de substância surfactante, composta por proteínas e lipídios. É causada por um déficit de atividade macrofágica, cujo principal tratamento é a lavagem pulmonar total (LPT). Relatamos a seguir a experiência de um centro de referência brasileiro em PAP. Métodos: Estudo retrospectivo com a avaliação de pacientes com PAP acompanhados entre 2002 e 2016. Informações sobre história clínica, métodos diagnósticos, tratamentos realizados e desfechos, incluindo dados de função pulmonar, sobrevida e presença de complicações, foram analisados. Resultados: Foram incluídos 12 pacientes (8 mulheres), com média de idade de 41 ± 15 anos. A maioria dos pacientes foi diagnosticada por LBA e biópsia transbrônquica. A média do número de LPT realizadas por paciente foi de 2,8 ± 2,5. Um terço dos pacientes não foi submetido à LPT. Quatro pacientes (33,3%) apresentaram infecções associadas (criptococose, em 2; nocardiose, em 1; e tuberculose, em 1) e houve 2 óbitos (16,6%): 1 por adenocarcinoma lepídico e 1 por complicações na indução anestésica pré-LPT. Não houve diferença significativa entre os dados funcionais; porém houve uma tendência de aumento da SpO2 ao se comparar os dados iniciais aos do final do seguimento. A mediana de seguimento foi de 45 meses (1-184 meses), com taxa de sobrevida em 5 anos de 82%. Conclusões: Pelo que sabemos, esta é a maior série de casos de PAP no Brasil. A taxa de sobrevida foi semelhante à encontrada em outros centros. A LPT ainda é o tratamento de escolha para pacientes sintomáticos e hipoxêmicos. Deve-se atentar para complicações, especialmente infecções oportunistas.



Palavras-chave: Proteinose alveolar pulmonar; Lavagem broncoalveolar; Infecções oportunistas.




Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a rare disease, characterized by the alveolar accumulation of surfactant-which is composed of proteins and lipids-and caused by a deficit of macrophage activity.(1-3) Epidemiological data show that the estimated prevalence of PAP is 0.37 cases per 100,000 population, most (approximately 90%) of the cases having an autoimmune etiology. The mean age at diagnosis is in the fourth decade of life, PAP being more prevalent in men than in women and being associated with smoking.(3) The main symptoms are cough and dyspnea, and physical examination is usually unremarkable.(3,4) The initial diagnosis of PAP is based on imaging findings (preferably HRCT findings) consistent with the disease, the most common CT finding being the crazy-paving pattern (septal thickening superimposed on areas of ground-glass attenuation typically bilateral and widespread).(5) The diagnosis is then confirmed by the BAL fluid, which is typically milky in appearance. Although a diagnosis of PAP can be made without a surgical lung biopsy, the procedure is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of PAP.(1,3,4)

On the basis of its etiology, PAP is classified as autoimmune PAP (formerly known as primary or idiopathic PAP), secondary PAP, or congenital PAP (also known as hereditary PAP). Autoimmune PAP is the most common of the three, being characterized by the presence of anti-GM-CSF antibodies. Secondary PAP is associated with hematologic diseases, neoplasms, toxic inhalations, and infections. Congenital PAP is the rarest form of PAP and usually occurs in children as a result of deficient surfactant production caused by mutations in the SFTPB gene, the SFTPC gene, the ABCA3 gene, or the NKX2-1 gene; changes in the GM-CSF receptor; or other mutations, such as GATA2 and telomerase complex mutations.(1-4) Neutralizing anti-GM-CSF IgG antibodies can be found in the serum and BAL fluid of patients with autoimmune PAP. Autoantibodies neutralize alveolar macrophage activity and cause alveolar macrophage dysfunction, thus affecting surfactant catabolism and clearance from the distal air spaces. In cases of congenital PAP, defective surfactant clearance is primarily caused by mutations in genes encoding surfactant proteins or GM-CSF receptor chains, preventing GM-CSF from binding to its membrane receptor.(6) In contrast, secondary PAP occurs in several diseases involving reduced alveolar macrophage numbers or function, including myelodysplastic syndromes, leukemias, and lymphomas,(1,7-10) as well as solid tumors(11,12) and infections (including tuberculosis, nocardiosis, and pneumocystosis),(1,4,6,8,10,13-17) together with environmental or occupational exposure to substances such as silica, aluminum, titanium, and certain fertilizers.(1,3,4,6,8,13,18,19)

The course of PAP varies widely among individuals, ranging from spontaneous resolution to rapid progression to respiratory failure.(3,5,20,21) The treatment of PAP is variable, and, in cases of secondary PAP, the underlying cause should be treated. For patients with autoimmune PAP, available treatments include whole-lung lavage (WLL), GM-CSF replacement therapy, anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (rituximab) use, and lung transplantation.(3,4) During WLL, the initial effluent is typically milky and the supernatant is foamy because of the proteinaceous material filling the alveoli; as the procedure progresses, the effluent becomes clearer, ideally acquiring the same appearance as that of the instilled fluid. The 5-year survival rate ranges from 75%(3) to 95%.(1,4,13) In 1991, Lorenzi-Filho et al.(22) reported a series of cases of patients who had been followed between 1983 and 1989 and in whom the diagnosis of PAP had been confirmed by biopsy, 3 patients having shown clinical and radiological improvement after WLL and 1 patient having achieved spontaneous remission. Below, we report the experience at a referral center for PAP in Brazil.


This was a retrospective study involving PAP patients followed at our institution between 2002 and 2016, data being collected by reviewing patient medical records. We analyzed information regarding demographic characteristics, clinical history, diagnostic methods, treatments, and outcomes (including survival and complications).

Spirometry was performed with a calibrated pneumotachograph (Koko® PFT; nSpire Health Inc., Longmont, CO, USA). We collected data on the following variables: FVC, FEV1, and FEV1/FVC. The predicted values were derived from the reference values for the Brazilian population.(23,24) We also collected data on room-air pulse oximetry. We included no data on DLCO, because they were not consistently available for all patients at the time of the study. Given that arterial blood gas data were available for most of the patients who had undergone WLL, we evaluated pre- and post-WLL PaO2 values and alveolar-arterial oxygen gradients.

Continuous variables with normal distribution were expressed as mean and standard deviation, whereas those with non-normal distribution were expressed as median and interquartile range. Categorical variables were expressed as proportions. A paired t-test was used in order to compare functional data at diagnosis with the latest available functional data. Values of p < 0.05 were considered significant. Survival was estimated by the Kaplan-Meier method. Data were analyzed with the program SigmaStat, version 3.5 (Systat Software, Inc., San Jose, CA, USA).


A total of 12 patients were included in the study. Their demographic and clinical characteristics are presented in Table 1. Most (66.7%) of the patients were female, and the mean age was 41 ± 15 years. Two patients were over 60 years of age. Most (75%) of the patients had been diagnosed with PAP by BAL and transbronchial biopsy. A body mass index > 25 kg/m2 was a common finding, 4 patients being neither overweight nor obese. Despite having PAP, 1 young patient was a habitual cyclist. Treatments and primary outcomes are shown in Table 2. Pre- and post-WLL HRCT scans of the chest of 1 of the 12 patients in our series are shown in Figure 1, and the fluid collected during one of the WLL procedures performed is shown in Figure 2. One third of the patients never underwent WLL and remained clinically stable. In contrast, 8 patients underwent WLL multiple times (mean number of procedures per patient, 2.8 ± 2.5; highest number of procedures per patient, 7; lowest number of procedures per patient, 2). The longest interval between 2 WLL procedures was 7 years, the mean interval between procedures being 1.9 years. With regard to other forms of treatment, 2 patients received GM-CSF replacement therapy, which resulted in improvement for 4 months in 1, whereas another 2 received a single course of treatment with rituximab. Of the 12 patients studied, 4 (33%) had opportunistic infections-cryptococcosis, in 2; nocardiosis, in 1; and tuberculosis, in 1-none of which were related to the treatments received. During the follow-up period, 3 patients reported exposure to birds and 1 patient reported exposure to mold. Of the 12 patients studied, 2 died: 1 of lepidic adenocarcinoma and 1 of pre-WLL complications (cardiopulmonary arrest secondary to hypoxemia during induction of anesthesia). Table 3 shows data on lung function and SpO2 at diagnosis, as well as the latest available data (for the period from diagnosis to death or the last visit). No significant differences were found between baseline functional data and the latest available functional data, although there was a trend toward an increase in SpO2. Pre- and post-WLL arterial blood gas data were available for 5 patients. Mean PaO2 values increased from 48 ± 10 mmHg to 69 ± 9 mmHg (p = 0.01), whereas mean alveolar-arterial oxygen gradients decreased from 47 ± 9 mmHg to 23 ± 5 mmHg (p = 0.03). The median follow-up period (from diagnosis to death or the last evaluation) was 45 months (range, 1-184 months). The 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates were 91%, 82%, and 82%, respectively (Figure 3).


Despite controversy, WLL remains the treatment of choice for PAP. The procedure is aimed at removing the surfactant material deposited in the alveoli as a result of macrophage dysfunction, thereby improving gas diffusion. More than 60% of patients undergoing WLL have been shown to respond well to two procedures per lung. Few patients require more than six WLL cycles, and less than 10% of patients do not respond to WLL.(25) Asymptomatic or oligosymptomatic patients with normal or near-normal lung function and without hypoxemia require periodic evaluation rather than immediate treatment. Symptomatic patients with moderate to severe lung function impairment, hypoxemia, or both can undergo WLL; although there is no consensus regarding which PAP patients should undergo WLL, those with moderate or severe dyspnea at rest or dyspnea on exertion and a PaO2 of < 60 mmHg at rest or an SpO2 of < 90% during exercise testing are candidates for the procedure.(2,6) WLL is performed under general anesthesia, with the use of a double-lumen endotracheal tube and single-lung ventilation. Large saline volumes (of 10-15 L or more) are required, aliquots of 150-200 mL being infused. The initial returns are typically turbid, and the lavage should continue until the effluent becomes clear. A repeat WLL might be necessary during patient follow-up.(1-6,8,10,13,26) Some of our patients never underwent WLL and remained clinically stable, whereas others underwent multiple WLL procedures, findings that are consistent with the literature. In specific cases, segmental lung lavage is warranted.(1,4) If the symptoms recur, if there is no response to WLL, or if WLL is contraindicated, inhaled or subcutaneous GM-CSF is an option. Another option is to use rituximab, an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody. Both options have shown promising results. In our case series, 2 patients received GM-CSF replacement therapy. Of those, 1 remained clinically stable for 4 months but required a repeat WLL during clinical follow-up. Another 2 patients received a single loading dose of rituximab, a medication that is not widely available at our institution. Neither patient responded satisfactorily to treatment, possibly because the medication was used for a short period of time. Lung transplantation is an option for patients with advanced PAP.(1,3,4)

Pulmonary function tests and exercise capacity tests play an important role in follow-up and therapeutic decisions. Although spirometry typically shows a restrictive pattern, results are normal in 10-30% of cases. Smokers can present with an obstructive pattern. The most common and significant changes are hypoxemia and reduced DLCO.(1) According to Borie et al.,(1) WLL results in symptomatic, radiological, and functional improvement in 85% of patients (mean improvement in FEV1, 0.26 L; mean improvement in FVC, 0.5 L; mean improvement in DLCO, 4.4 mL/mmHg/min; and mean improvement in PaO2, 20 mmHg). We found no significant changes in lung function when we compared the data obtained at baseline with those obtained during the last visit. Although baseline values were at the lower limits of normal, they did not worsen over time. However, there was a trend toward an increase in SpO2. Arterial blood gas data were available for 5 patients. There was an increase in PaO2 and a decrease in the alveolar-arterial oxygen gradient after WLL, findings that confirm the impact of WLL on gas exchange.

Two patients died: 1 of lepidic adenocarcinoma and 1 of pre-WLL complications (cardiopulmonary arrest secondary to hypoxemia during induction of anesthesia), the latter patient having presented with a difficult airway. However, fatal complications are rare.(4,10) Other possible complications include hydropneumothorax, pleural collections, endotracheal granuloma, stenosis due to multiple procedures, and surgical emphysema,(1,3,4,8,10) none of which were observed in any of our patients. Of the 12 patients in our series, 1 was lost to follow-up. She was followed at our institution for 1 month only and was lost to follow-up because she resided in another state. The mean 5-year survival rate was 82%, which is similar to those found in other studies (i.e., 75-95%).(1,3,4,13)

Precautions should be taken in order to avoid opportunistic infections in patients with PAP; macrophage deficiency, changes in surfactant proteins, and intra-alveolar accumulation of surfactant components result in a favorable environment for the growth of microorganisms.(3,4,8,10) Major pathogens include Nocardia spp., Pneumocystis spp., Acinetobacter spp., Aspergillus spp., and Cladosporium spp., as well as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other mycobacteria.(3,4,8,10) Of the 12 patients in our series, 4 had opportunistic infections-cryptococcosis, in 2; nocardiosis, in 1; and tuberculosis, in 1-none of which were related to the treatments received. The infections were identified during the follow-up period, and all 4 patients responded well to pathogen-specific treatment.

Neoplastic diseases can cause secondary PAP, which is often associated with hematologic malignancies.(10,12) There are few reported cases of PAP associated with solid organ cancer, PAP having been reported to occur prior to or coincidentally with lung neoplasms-including squamous cell lung carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, mesothelioma, glioblastoma, and metastatic melanoma-or breast cancer.(10,12) With regard to autoimmunity, only 1 patient tested positive for ANF, rheumatoid factor, and anti-Ro antibodies. Although determination of serum levels of autoantibodies to GM-CSF is a simple and rapid test for autoimmune PAP, the sensitivity and specificity of which are nearly 100%, it is not widely available. In addition, normal individuals and those with hematologic malignancies, particularly acute myeloid leukemia, can present with low titers for isotypes IgA, IgG, and IgM. The test is performed by ELISA (which is the gold standard method) and cell culture. A concentration > 19 mg/mL is specific for autoimmune PAP, and values of < 10 mg/mL have a negative predictive value. No specific anti-GM-CSF autoantibody testing was performed in our sample.(1-3)

Occupational exposure (to silica, cellulose fibers, combustion products of plastics, aluminum, and titanium oxide) is known to contribute to the development of secondary PAP(3,4,8,18); however, none of the individuals in our sample had a consistent history of exposure. Three patients (25%) reported exposure to birds, and 1 patient reported exposure to mold. One of the patients who reported exposure to birds was a 47-year-old female patient who had quit smoking 1 year before symptom onset (with a smoking history of 30 pack-years). She was obese (her body mass index was 35.6 kg/m2), had had opportunistic nocardiosis, had undergone 7 WLL procedures (the longest interval between procedures being 6 months), and had received GM-CSF replacement therapy, having shown no clinical response. Clinical and functional improvement was achieved after the patient was separated from her pet bird (a cockatiel), which she had failed to mention. At this writing, no other intervention had been required, the patient having achieved remission 2 years prior. Her chest CT scans are shown in Figure 1, and the WLL fluid is shown in Figure 2. We found no studies examining this issue or reporting findings related to it. The association between PAP and smoking is also of note. Epidemiological data from other studies show that approximately 75% of patients have a history of smoking.(3,4) However, only 16% of the patients in our sample were smokers.

In 1991, Lorenzi-Filho et al. published a case series of 4 patients who were in the 27- to 52-year age bracket and who were followed between 1983 and 1989 in Brazil.(22) In all 4 patients, the diagnosis of PAP was confirmed by biopsy (transbronchial biopsy, in 3, and open lung biopsy, in 1). Three were smokers, and 1 had a history of occupational exposure to silica. There were no opportunistic infections. Of the 4 patients studied, 3 underwent WLL, showing clinical and radiological improvement, as well as improvement in functional parameters (saturation and DLCO); 1 patient achieved spontaneous remission after quitting smoking.(22)

Because of the size of our sample, we cannot accurately determine the impact of GM-CSF replacement therapy or rituximab use on patients with PAP, or their functional follow-up. In this context, the limitations of our study include the fact that secondary treatment options such as GM-CSF replacement therapy and rituximab use were used for a short period of time (because of their limited availability in Brazil), as well as the fact that pulmonary function testing did not include DLCO measurement, together with the fact that serum levels of anti-GM-CSF antibodies were not determined in our sample.

In summary, PAP is a rare and life-threatening disease. To our knowledge, this is the largest case series of patients with PAP ever conducted in Brazil. WLL remains the treatment of choice for symptomatic, hypoxemic patients; however, in some patients, treatment response is unsatisfactory, recurrence is common, or the procedure is contraindicated. For such patients, there are other treatment options, such as GM-CSF replacement therapy and rituximab use, although they are not widely available in Brazil and their roles in such cases have yet to be established. Precautions should be taken in order to avoid complications, especially opportunistic infections, which are common in patients with PAP.


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