Non-bronchoscopic protected bronchoal veolar lavage (NB-pBAL) for rapid diagnosis of fat embolism syndrome (FES) in trauma patients

Abstract

The results of our study suggest that the presence of fat droplets in more than 5% of alveolar macrophages may be present in patients with long bone fractures but is also present in patients without this type of traumatic lesion. We conclude that NB-pBAL, in contrast to fiberoptic bronchoscopic lavage (pBAL), is a specific but not sufficiently sensitive… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF01921282

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