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the accumulation of excess protein in the tissues.
alveolar proteinosis pulmonary alveolar proteinosis.
lipid proteinosis a hereditary defect of lipid metabolism marked by yellowish deposits of hyaline lipid carbohydrate mixture on the inner surface of the lips, under the tongue, and on the oropharynx and larynx, and in skin lesions.
pulmonary alveolar proteinosis see pulmonary alveolar proteinosis.
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proteinosis(pro?te-in-o'sis) [? + osis, condition]
Accumulation of excess proteins in the tissues.
alveolar proteinosisPulmonary alveolar proteinosis.
A rare autosomal recessive condition resulting from an undefined metabolic defect. Yellow deposits of a mixture of protein and lipoid occur, esp. on the mucous surface of the mouth and tongue. Nodules may appear on the face, extremities, and epiglottis and vocal cords, the latter producing hoarseness.
pulmonary alveolar proteinosis
A disease of unknown cause in which eosinophilic material is deposited in the alveoli. The principal symptom is dyspnea. Death from pulmonary insufficiency may occur, but complete recovery has been observed. There is no specific treatment, but general supportive measures including antibiotics and bronchopulmonary lavage have helped. In about 25% of cases, the disease clears spontaneously, but in most untreated cases the disease is progressive and leads to respiratory failure.Synonym: alveolar proteinosis See: bronchoalveolar lavage
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