Causes of Goodpasture Syndrome
Researchers do not fully understand why the immune system attacks collagen in the lungs and kidneys. Goodpasture syndrome can run in families. So some researchers believe it may have a genetic component.
Other factors that may increase the risk of Goodpasture syndrome include:
- Exposure to certain chemicals, such as hydrocarbon solvents and the weed killer paraquat
- Exposure to metallic dust
- Use of certain drugs, such as cocaine
- Tobacco smoking
- Viral infections