Diagnosis of gram negative, ventilator associated pneumonia by assaying endotoxin in bronchial lavage fluid.

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AIM To investigate the usefulness of assaying endotoxin in non-directed bronchial lavage fluid (NBL), bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL), and sera as a means of diagnosing Gram negative, ventilator associated pneumonia. METHODS Samples from 64 patients were investigated. Fifty nine BALs and 92 NBLs were assayed in total including specimens… (More)

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