[Bacterial flora from bronchoalveolar lavage and occurrence of class IgG and IgA antibodies to Chlamydia pneumoniae in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)].


Bronchoalveolar lavage taken from 46 patients (ranging in age from 21 to 71 years, mean 50.6 +/- 13.9) was examined for aerobic and anaerobic bacterial flora. Sera taken from 39 of patients as well as sera taken from 25 healthy blood donors of similar age (P = 0.99) were examined to determine IgG and IgA antibodies to C. pneumoniae. Bacterial flora was… (More)