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Pulmonary-Renal Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Pulmonary-renal syndrome is a rare condition that is evidenced by hemorrhaging of your lungs and rapid destruction of your kidneys. While there are several conditions that may exhibit these signs and symptoms, the designation of pulmonary-renal syndrome is usually what is used for the autoimmune disease that takes place when your immune system attacks cells having the Goodpasture antigen (a type II hypersensitivity reaction). These cells are located in your kidneys and lungs. This attack by your immune system results in damage to these organs. An autoimmune disease is one in which for some unknown reason your immune system attacks your own body cells and tissues. When your immune system is working like it should, it creates antibodies to fight off germs. With pulmonary-renal syndrome, your immune system makes antibodies that attack your lungs and kidneys. This attack by antibodies results in bleeding in your air sacs. This causes cough, shortness of breath and bloody sputum. It also causes inflammation in the glomeruli of your kidneys. This leads to proteinuria (protein in your urine), hematuria (blood in your urine) or kidney failure. Several possible causes of pulmonary-renal syndrome have been set forth. Some of these include exposure to certain chemicals like the weed killer Paraquat and hydrocarbon solvents, a viral respiratory infection or the presence of an inherited component. In these cases, it is believed that your immune system may attack your organs and tissues because it mistakes them for these viruses or foreign chemicals. There are several signs and symptoms that you may experience with pulmonary-renal syndrome. However, the first signs and symptoms that you have may be vague. These are things like nausea, difficulty breathing, fatigue or paleness. Later on, you may cough up blood or have a burning sensation when you are urinating.   These signs and symptoms are usually followed by problems that involve your kidneys. This usually means protein and small amounts of blood in your urine. Other possible signs and symptoms include:   You or a loved one may have pulmonary-renal syndrome. Pulmonary-renal syndrome and/or complications that have resulted from it or other ailments that you have in addition to this syndrome may have brought about the disability of you or your loved one and be what is preventing you from working.
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