Measurement of inflammatory indices in induced sputum: effects of selection of sputum to minimize salivary contamination.

@article{Pizzichini1996MeasurementOI,
  title={Measurement of inflammatory indices in induced sputum: effects of selection of sputum to minimize salivary contamination.},
  author={Emilio Pizzichini and M{\'a}rcia Margaret Menezes Pizzichini and Ann E Efthimiadis and Frederick E Dr Hargreave and Jerry Dolovich},
  journal={The European respiratory journal},
  year={1996},
  volume={9 6},
  pages={
          1174-80
        }
}
Sputum examination is being used increasingly as a noninvasive method to assess airway inflammation. Expectorated sputum has variable contamination with saliva. Methods of processing have included the selection of portions of the sample considered to be representative of pulmonary origin versus use of the whole specimen, which is confounded by varying volumes of saliva. We compared cell profiles and eosinophilic cationic protein (ECP) concentration in sputum selected from the expectorate and in… CONTINUE READING

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