Safety of fiberoptic bronchoalveolar lavage in evaluation of interstitial lung disease

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

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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
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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