Article ID: 9188-17
A 65-year-old man was diagnosed with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) based on the detection of high MPO-ANCA, vasculitis and granulomas in a lung biopsy specimen and crescentic glomerulonephritis in a kidney biopsy specimen. Soon after the initiation of intravenous methylprednisolone pulse therapy (mPSL pulse) and intravenous cyclophosphamide pulse therapy (IVCY), the patient experienced cough and hemoptysis. Based on emerging anemia and bilateral diffuse lung consolidation on computed tomography, we judged that diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) was complicated by GPA. The patient's DAH improved following additional mPSL pulse and IVCY. Physicians should be aware of the possible occurrence of DAH, even when a patient's symptoms improve after mPSL pulse and IVCY.