What increases my risk for pulmonary alveolar proteinosis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a lung disease that affects people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders. Most cases of the disease occur in people without history of respiratory or general illness. Rarely, congenital defects, other serious medical conditions, and toxic exposures to substances like silica or aluminum dust can cause PAP.

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