Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Alveolar and serum antiphospholipid antibodies in acute respiratory distress syndrome associated with catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome
  1. F J Wiedermann
  1. Correspondence to:
    Professor F J Wiedermann
    Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Innsbruck Medical University, Anichstrasse 35, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria; franz.wiedermann{at}

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

Bucciarelli and colleagues analysed the clinical and laboratory characteristics of patients with catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).1 They found that ARDS is the dominant pulmonary manifestation of catastrophic APS.

In their discussion the authors report on the paper by Maneta-Peyret et al,2 who detected antilipid autoantibodies of the IgG class exclusively in the bronchoalveolar fluid (BALF) of patients with ARDS. These antibodies were directed against anionic phospholipids and reacted principally with phosphatidic acid. The antibodies showed significant binding on negatively charged phosphatidylserine and at a lower level on phosphatidylinositol in an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). These phospholipids occur in the pulmonary surfactant. Detection of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) in the BALF of patients with ARDS suggests involvement of …

View Full Text


  • Competing interest: None.