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Pulmonary Hemorrhaging Etiologiesl

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"Known" Causes (environmental & other):

Goodpasture’s Syndrome - Immunoglobulin G (IgG) gets deposited on the capillary membrane of the lung & kidney

Immune reaction to cow milk protein

Cardiac, metabolic, and vascular problems

Very low birth weight (< 1500 grams)

Perinatal cocaine exposure

Smoking tobacco.

Bacterial or viral infections/pneumonia/herpes

"Potential" Environmental Causes:

Pesticide exposure: Brodifacoum (rodenticide); possibly some organophosphates, chlorobenzene derivitives, indan derivatives (very weak epidemiological links).

Toxigenic molds/fungi such as Stachybotrys spp., containing mycotoxins shown to cause bloody nasal discharge and cough in adults, causes hemorrhaging in very young animals especially males, no existing epidemiological links to children. Stachybotrys is very uncommon it is found in <1% of the homes in the U.S.


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Stefani Hines, Director: 520-626-3692
Marti Lindsey, Asst. Specialist: 520-626-7659

mailing address:
Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Room 244
PO Box 210207, Tucson, AZ, USA  85721-0207