What is the pathophysiology of Goodpasture syndrome (anti–glomerular basement membrane disease) (anti-GBM)?

Updated: Dec 16, 2020
  • Author: Pranay Kathuria, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Anti-GBM disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by autoantibodies directed against the glomerular/alveolar basement membrane. The autoantibodies bind to their reactive epitopes in the basement membranes and activate the complement cascade, resulting in tissue injury. This is a classic type II reaction in the Gell and Coombs classification of antigen-antibody reactions. This binding of antibodies can be visualized as the linear deposition of immunoglobulin along the glomerular basement membrane and, less commonly, the alveolar basement membranes, by direct immunofluorescent techniques.

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