Assessment of hazardous dust exposure by BAL and induced sputum.

  title={Assessment of hazardous dust exposure by BAL and induced sputum.},
  author={Elizabeth M. Fireman and Joel Greif and Yehuda Schwarz and A Cornelia Man and Eliezer Ganor and Y Ribak and Yehuda Lerman},
  volume={115 6},
OBJECTIVES BAL, an important tool in assessing occupational lung diseases, is unsuitable for screening programs, exposure evaluation, or monitoring hazardous dust because it is an invasive technique. The results of induced sputum (IS) analysis were compared with BAL and evaluated as a possible alternative. METHODS We compared BAL with IS analysis of 5 workers exposed to asbestos and 14 exposed to silica and hard metals. Pulmonary function tests and BAL were performed by conventional methods… CONTINUE READING