[Bronchoalveolar lavage in diseases of rheumatic origin].

  title={[Bronchoalveolar lavage in diseases of rheumatic origin].},
  author={Wolfgang Petermann},
  journal={Zeitschrift fur Rheumatologie},
  volume={49 5},
The cells recovered by bronchoalveolar lavage reflect the cellular composition of the interstitial lung tissue. Inflammatory and fibrosing interstitial lung disorders, often accompanying rheumatic diseases, can be detected by this diagnostic procedure.