Autoimmune Pulmonary Disorders

First Things First (assess & treat for the following)

  • Does pt have respiratory failure requiring immediate intubation (eg, severe alveolar hemorrhage, muscle weakness)?
  • Does pt have evidence of severe pulmonary hypertension (eg, CHF? Hypotensive?)?
  • Does pt have extrathoracic manifestations of vasculitis (eg, seizures, acute renal failure, pulmonary/renal syndromes, acute abdomen, eye, sinus, ear findings, vasculitic skin lesions)?

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Last updated: April 20, 2010