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What is bronchoalveolar lavage?

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It's performed during bronchoscopy. Sterile water is injected through the bronchoscope into a segment of the lung. The fluid is then suctioned back and sent for tests. Bronchoalveolar lavage can help diagnose infection, cancer, bleeding, and other conditions.

From: Interventional Pulmonology WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Kennedy. M.P.  2008; vol 29: pp 453-464. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

Yoneda, K.Y. 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547. Clinical Lung Cancer,

Haas, A.R. 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041. Chest,

Folch, E. 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Kennedy. M.P.  2008; vol 29: pp 453-464. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

Yoneda, K.Y. 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547. Clinical Lung Cancer,

Haas, A.R. 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041. Chest,

Folch, E. 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine,

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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