The authors report their personal case records of broncho-alveolar lavage in immuno-compromised children. 22 children were observed from 1991 to 1992 at the E.N.T. Department of the Bambino Gesu Hospital, National Research Institute, in Rome. Flexible bronchoscopy is used under both local and general anesthesia without muscle relaxants. The epithelial lining fluid collection is greater than that obtained when muscle relaxation is used. For each patient 3 specimens are collected: for virological, bacteriological, micological and immunological analysis. In 90% of the cases a correct etiological diagnosis of the pulmonary disease was possible. In 14 cases the diagnosis was possible even after a week from the beginning of the antibiotic therapy.
|Translated title of the contribution||Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) in the diagnosis of lung infections in immunocompromised children|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
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