A 49 year old man who developed idiopathic pulmonary haemorrhage and glomerulonephritis responded initially to immunosuppressive treatment and plasmapheresis. However, he died later from massive pulmonary haemorrhage and necropsy showed cytomegalovirus infection of the lungs. We propose that relapse of pulmonary haemorrhage may be associated with cytomegalovirus infection and that preventive measures against acquiring the virus through blood products should be considered for elective transfusions in view of the relatively good long term prognosis of this syndrome.
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