Lymphocyte dynamics: caution in interpreting BAL numbers.

  title={Lymphocyte dynamics: caution in interpreting BAL numbers.},
  author={Reinhard Pabst and Thomas Tschernig},
  volume={52 12},
In various allergic and inflammatory lung diseases the number and subset composition of lymphocytes in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid are taken as indicators of the state of the disease. The number of lymphocytes in the BAL fluid depends on three main parameters: (1) entry into the bronchoalveolar space from the different compartments of the lung, (2) persistence in the bronchoalveolar space which is modified by the rate of local proliferation and apoptosis, and (3) exit into the… CONTINUE READING
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