Journal article

A Comparison of Techniques for Optimal Performance of Bronchoalveolar Lavage

Naghmeh Radhakrishna, Michael Farmer, Daniel P Steinfort, Paul King

JOURNAL OF BRONCHOLOGY & INTERVENTIONAL PULMONOLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) is a commonly used diagnostic and research tool. Currently, there is limited evidence regarding standardizing this technique. The type of suction method and number of aliquots used as well as the anatomic lung segment sampled are not standardized nor well studied. Our primary aim was to compare the quantity and quality of BAL specimens using 2 suction methods, hand-held syringe versus wall suction. Our secondary aim was to assess which anatomic lung segment yields the greatest BAL results and how many aliquots are required. METHODS: A prospective clinical study was performed in patients undergoing bronchoscopies using hand-held syringe or wall suction..

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