Alcohol fixation of induced sputum samples for applications in rural communities.

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BACKGROUND Sputum induction is a tool recommended for the assessment of airway inflammation and disease management. Currently, its use is limited because samples need to be processed within 3 h of induction (ie, while cells are viable); therefore, this procedure is unavailable to most clinicians. OBJECTIVE To develop a fixation method for induced sputum… (More)

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