Evaluation of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid phospholipids and cytokine release by alveolar macrophages as prognostic markers in sarcoidosis.

@article{Tahanovich2003EvaluationOB,
  title={Evaluation of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid phospholipids and cytokine release by alveolar macrophages as prognostic markers in sarcoidosis.},
  author={A D Tahanovich and I L Katovich and H L Baradzina},
  journal={Respiration; international review of thoracic diseases},
  year={2003},
  volume={70 4},
  pages={376-81}
}
BACKGROUND The clinical course of sarcoidosis is unpredictable and reliable laboratory prognostic parameters are lacking. OBJECTIVES The aim of the present study was to estimate the prognostic value of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) phospholipids and cytokine production by alveolar macrophages (AM) in pulmonary sarcoidosis. METHODS We investigated BALF parameters in 64 subjects (55 patients with sarcoidosis and 9 healthy volunteers as controls). After a period of 12 months, the total… CONTINUE READING
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