Is BAL useful in patients with acute myeloid leukemia admitted in ICU for severe respiratory complications?

@article{Rabbat2008IsBU,
  title={Is BAL useful in patients with acute myeloid leukemia admitted in ICU for severe respiratory complications?},
  author={Antoine Rabbat and Driss Chaoui and Aur{\'e}lie Lef{\`e}bvre and Nicolas J-H. Roche and Ollivier Legrand and Christine Lorut and Bernard Rio and J F Marie and G{\'e}rard Huchon},
  journal={Leukemia},
  year={2008},
  volume={22},
  pages={1361-1367}
}
In patients with hematological malignancy (HM) developing acute respiratory failure (ARF) bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) is considered as a major diagnostic tool. However, the benefit/risk ratio of this invasive procedure is probably lower in the subset of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The study was to analyze the yield of BAL performed in HM patients (n=175) with AML or lymphoid malignancies (LM) admitted in intensive care unit (ICU) for ARF and pulmonary infiltrates. BAL was… CONTINUE READING