Pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis: a case report and review of the literature

Proesmans M., Boon M., Verbeken E., Ozcelik U., Kiper N., Van de Casseye W., ...More

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, vol.171, no.7, pp.1069-1072, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 171 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00431-012-1678-8
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1069-1072
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


A 12-year-old girl of Turkish descent was referred 6 weeks after an influenza A infection because of persistent chest X-ray abnormalities compatible with interstitial lung disease. The clinically suspected diagnosis of pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis (PAM) supported by pathognomonic radiological abnormalities was confirmed by genetic analysis. The clinical presentation of PAM is illustrated by a case and review of the current literature on this subject: you only see what you know.