Bronchoalveolar lavage

Walter R. Martin, Philip A. Padrid, Carroll E Cross

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Abstract

The technique of BAL performed through the fiberoptic bronchoscope has, in two decades, provided clinicians and researchers with the ability to safely sample the inflammatory-immune cell milieu of the human lung. Standardized BAL and processing of the lavage constituents provides assistance in determining the optimal care of patients with a variety of lung diseases, and renders diagnosis in selected cases. It has become indispensable in the diagnosis of pulmonary infiltrates in immunocompromised patients, and plays an important role in improving clinical management. Finally, it continues to yield an ever increasing amount of data for the researchers studying the mechanisms and pathogenesis of lung disease. It is likely that BAL will become an even more valuable tool with increasing relevance to the practice of chest medicine in the 1990s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-332
Number of pages28
JournalClinical Reviews in Allergy
Volume8
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1990

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Bronchoalveolar lavage. / Martin, Walter R.; Padrid, Philip A.; Cross, Carroll E.

In: Clinical Reviews in Allergy, Vol. 8, No. 2-3, 06.1990, p. 305-332.

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Martin, WR, Padrid, PA & Cross, CE 1990, 'Bronchoalveolar lavage', Clinical Reviews in Allergy, vol. 8, no. 2-3, pp. 305-332. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02914451
Martin, Walter R. ; Padrid, Philip A. ; Cross, Carroll E. / Bronchoalveolar lavage. In: Clinical Reviews in Allergy. 1990 ; Vol. 8, No. 2-3. pp. 305-332.
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