A patient presents with a constant cough. A CT SCAN of the thorax reveals diffuse infiltrates in an alveolar pattern. The patient is known to be suffering from idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis.Which of the following substances would be expected to be accumulating in this patient’s alveoli secondary to the disease caused by idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis?

  • A. Glandular cells.
  • B. White blood cells.
  • C. Schiff positive materials
  • D. Cardiogenic pulmonary edema
  • E. Red blood cells.

Check your answer …

E: Red blood cells.

idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis is a lung disease of unknown cause that is characterized  by alveolarcapillary bleeding and accumulation of hemosiderin in the lungs.