Not so long ago, Goodpasture’s syndrome belonged to the category of fatal disorders, and there was no way to avoid death. Almost 80% of patients used to survive just five years longer after one of the therapies involving three main agents: plasmapheresis, corticosteroids, immunosuppressive.
Even today, those who have oliguria and fifty percent crescents do not manage to heal. In most cases, the disorder results in the final phase of renal failure. The person should first of all try to resist dangerous antibodies. It is necessary to monitor the fluid formation and control the level of blood pressure.
The doctor will most probably prescribe some oral immunosuppressive drugs. They include cyclophosphamide and corticosteroids. Mostly, these two categories exist to empower the immune system by letting it produce necessary antibodies. These drugs also assist in reducing bleeding of lungs. In most cases, the treatment takes half a year or one full year. To speed up the process, patients may try plasmapheresis to get rid of the dangerous antibodies that remain in the blood. In rare cases, people turn to a kidney transplant, a rather risky and life-threatening surgery.