Whole lung lavage

G. Rodi, G. Iotti, C. Galbusera, S. Mencherini, F. Raimondi, A. Braschi

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Bronchoalveolar lavage is universally employed as a diagnostic procedure and also. both in the massive (whole lung) and limited forms, has important therapeutic applications. Since the second half of the century whole lung lavage (WLL) has been applied in patients with pulmonary alveolar proteinosis and has proved successful. The procedure has improved over the years in terms of safety and efficacy, whilst indications and methods for WLL are not yet completely defined and standardized. In this paper, we summarize the history of the development of WLL, and describe the procedure used eight times in five patients in our department.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-66
Number of pages3
JournalMonaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Cardiac Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Pulmonary proteinosis
  • Whole lung lavage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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