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The performance of high-volume bronchoalveolar lavage for the evaluation and diagnosis of interstitial lung disease.

Singh, Karanvir and Khan, Sadiq and Agarwal, Sushil and Walters, Gareth and McGrath, Emmet E (2014) The performance of high-volume bronchoalveolar lavage for the evaluation and diagnosis of interstitial lung disease. The Annals of thoracic surgery, 97 (2). pp. 720-2. ISSN 1552-6259. Access available to HEFT staff via their Athens password

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Abstract

Although high-volume bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) is an excellent research tool, its use in the evaluation of interstitial lung disease remains controversial, particularly in the age of lung biopsy in video-assisted thoracic surgery. Recently, a new practice guideline made several important recommendations for the performance of the procedure and the handling, processing, and analysis of samples. Here we describe this recommended technique, our experience performing BAL in 42 patients, and the usefulness of our differential cell count results. We demonstrate that BAL is straightforward and safe to perform and conclude that it may offer valuable data in evaluating interstitial lung disease, particularly in patients with an acute presentation or who are not fit for lung biopsy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Access available to HEFT staff via their Athens password
Subjects: WF Respiratory system. Respiratory medicine
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Respiratory Medicine
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Depositing User: Sophie Rollason
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 08:56
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 08:56
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/461

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