Safety of fiberoptic bronchoalveolar lavage in evaluation of interstitial lung disease

I. J. Strumpf, M. K. Feld, M. J. Cornelius, B. A. Keogh, Ronald Crystal

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Abstract

Over a three-year period, 281 fiberoptic bronchoalveolar lavage procedures were performed on 119 individuals with interstitial lung disease and 22 normal volunteers. There were no major complications. Less than 5 percent of the procedures were associated with minor complications including fever (2.5 percent), pneumonitis (0.4 percent), bleeding (0.7 percent) and bronchospasm (0.7 percent); none of these complications required therapy. Those individuals developing complications had a wide range of physiologic findings; functional tests could not predict which subjects were more likely to develop minor complications associated with lavage. These findings suggest that bronchoalveolar lavage for interstitial disease is a safe procedure associated with minor risks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-271
Number of pages4
JournalUnknown Journal
Volume80
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1981
Externally publishedYes

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Interstitial Lung Diseases
Bronchoalveolar Lavage
safety
Safety
Bronchial Spasm
Therapeutic Irrigation
Pneumonia
Healthy Volunteers
Fever
Hemorrhage
evaluation
Therapeutics
therapy
test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Safety of fiberoptic bronchoalveolar lavage in evaluation of interstitial lung disease. / Strumpf, I. J.; Feld, M. K.; Cornelius, M. J.; Keogh, B. A.; Crystal, Ronald.

In: Unknown Journal, Vol. 80, No. 3, 01.01.1981, p. 268-271.

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Strumpf, I. J. ; Feld, M. K. ; Cornelius, M. J. ; Keogh, B. A. ; Crystal, Ronald. / Safety of fiberoptic bronchoalveolar lavage in evaluation of interstitial lung disease. In: Unknown Journal. 1981 ; Vol. 80, No. 3. pp. 268-271.
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