M M Pizzichini

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Sputum examination is being used increasingly as a noninvasive method to assess airway inflammation. Expectorated sputum has variable contamination with saliva. Methods of processing have included the selection of portions of the sample considered to be representative of pulmonary origin versus use of the whole specimen, which is confounded by varying(More)
We examined the feasibility of using induced sputum to evaluate the airway inflammatory response to natural acute respiratory virus infections. We recruited eight asthmatics and nine healthy subjects on Day 4 of a cold. Viral infection was confirmed in six of the asthmatics (influenza A or B) and six of the healthy subjects (influenza A, rhinovirus,(More)
Treatment of sputum with dithiothreitol (DTT) gives reliable measurements of cellular and fluid-phase markers of airway inflammation. We investigated the extent to which DTT treatment influences these measurements as compared with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). Hypertonic saline-induced sputum, collected from 20 asthmatic subjects, was examined within 2(More)
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