Safety of fiberoptic bronchoalveolar lavage in evaluation of interstitial lung disease. Academic Article Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH

  • Female
  • Fever
  • Fiber Optic Technology
  • Histiocytosis, Langerhans-Cell
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases
  • Male
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Sarcoidosis

MeSH Major

  • Bronchi
  • Pulmonary Alveoli
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Therapeutic Irrigation

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 (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.

publication date

  • September 1981

has subject area

  • Bronchi
  • Female
  • Fever
  • Fiber Optic Technology
  • Histiocytosis, Langerhans-Cell
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases
  • Male
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary Alveoli
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Respiratory Function Tests
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Therapeutic Irrigation

Research

keywords

  • Comparative Study
  • Journal Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 6974085

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 268

end page

  • 271

volume

  • 80

number

  • 3