Journal article

Comparison of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid examination and other diagnostic techniques with the Baermann technique for detection of naturally occurring Aelurostrongyius abstrusus infection in cats

Lauren Lacorcia, Robin B Gasser, Garry A Anderson, Ian Beveridge

JAVMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION | AMER VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid examination and other diagnostic techniques, compared with the use of the Baermann technique performed on fecal samples as the reference standard, for detection of naturally occurring Aelurostrongylus abstrusus infection in a population of cats. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SAMPLE POPULATION: Cadavers of 80 semiferal domestic cats. PROCEDURES: BAL fluid collection and analysis, necropsy, examination of fecal samples and minced lung tissue via the Baermann technique, fecal sedimentation-flotation, and histologic examination of lung tissue were performed. Sensitivity, specificity, positive..

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