Histopathologic features of alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins with atypical clinical presentation

Cardiovasc Pathol. 2021 Jan-Feb;50:107289. doi: 10.1016/j.carpath.2020.107289. Epub 2020 Sep 16.


Alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACD/MPV) is a rare neonatal lung disease with fatal outcome. Typically, respiratory symptoms present in the first 24 hours of life and patients die within the neonatal period. Atypical, delayed clinical presentations and/or longer survival have also been reported. Here, we studied the clinicopathologic relationship of ACD/MPV by examining 16 cases of ACD/MPV, focusing on atypical features. Based on the presence of diffuse vs. focal/patchy ACD/MPV histopathologic changes, we divided the cases into classic and nonclassic pathology groups. MPV was found in all ACD/MPV. Ten of 16 cases exhibited classic diffuse abnormalities, while 6 of 16 had a nonclassic focal/patchy distribution. However, among 7 patients with atypical clinical features, only 2 had nonclassic pathology, while 4 out of 9 clinically typical cases had nonclassic ACD/MPV pathology. Marked intrapulmonary aberrant arteriovenous vessels were present in all atypical cases. In conclusion, clinical presentation is not always correlated with histopathology in ACD/MPV. Atypical ACD/MPV should be suspected in any infants with fulminant pulmonary hypertension. Abnormal pulmonary veins and aberrant intraseptal vessels are the most important clues for diagnosis. Additional studies are needed for further elucidation of diagnostic histological criteria of atypical ACD/MPV and to explore its pathogenesis.

Keywords: Aberrant arteriovenous vessels; Alveolar capillary dysplasia; Atypical features; Misalignment of pulmonary veins.

MeSH terms

  • Autopsy
  • Female
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Persistent Fetal Circulation Syndrome / mortality
  • Persistent Fetal Circulation Syndrome / pathology*
  • Prognosis
  • Pulmonary Alveoli / abnormalities*
  • Pulmonary Alveoli / pathology
  • Pulmonary Veins / abnormalities*
  • Retrospective Studies

Supplementary concepts

  • Alveolar capillary dysplasia