Purpose: The aim of the study was to review the authors' experience with alveolar capillary dysplasia (ACD), a cause of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the neonate (PPHN) caused by decreased alveolar units, dilated anomalous pulmonary veins, thick-walled arterioles, and thickened interalveolar septa. Methods: The records of all neonates with ACD were reviewed from Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, and Sophia's Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The clinical characteristics and pathological findings are discussed. Results: Eight neonates were diagnosed with ACD from 1994 to 2002. Twenty-five percent (2/8) experienced respiratory distress immediately after birth, whereas 75% (6/8) had normal Apgar scores but deteriorated 1.5 hours to 30 days after birth. All infants required conventional ventilation initially; 50% (4/8) were placed on high-frequency oscillating ventilation and 87% (7/8) on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. A premorbid diagnosis was established in 3 patients by open lung biopsy. The diagnosis of ACD was confirmed at autopsy in all patients. Conclusions: ACD is a fatal disease that should be suspected in all neonates with respiratory failure and PPHN who fail conventional therapy. Prompt diagnosis helps to avoid prolongation of costly treatment modalities in a uniformly fatal disease. An algorithm is proposed in which neonates with PPHN who fail treatment with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation are managed by open lung biopsy.

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Keywords Alveolar capillary dysplasia, ECMO, Lung biopsy, Misalignment of pulmonary vessels, Pulmonary hypertension
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2005.03.067, hdl.handle.net/1765/67975
Journal Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Citation
Michalsky, M.P, Arca, M, Groenman, F, Hammond, S, Tibboel, D, & Caniano, D.A. (2005). Alveolar capillary dysplasia: A logical approach to a fatal disease. Journal of Pediatric Surgery (Vol. 40, pp. 1100–1105). doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2005.03.067