Single-institution study evaluating the utility of surveillance bronchoscopy after lung transplantation.

@article{Valentine2009SingleinstitutionSE,
  title={Single-institution study evaluating the utility of surveillance bronchoscopy after lung transplantation.},
  author={Vincent G. Valentine and Meera R. Gupta and David Weill and Gisele A Lombard and Stephanie G Laplace and Leonardo Seoane and David E. Taylor and Gundeep S Dhillon},
  journal={The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation},
  year={2009},
  volume={28 1},
  pages={14-20}
}
BACKGROUND Many lung transplant physicians advocate surveillance bronchoscopy with transbronchial lung biopsy and bronchoalveolar lavage (TBB/BAL) to monitor lung recipients despite limited evidence this strategy improves outcomes. This report compares rates of infection (INF), acute rejection (AR), bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) and survival in lung allograft recipients managed with surveillance TBB/BAL (SB) versus those with clinically indicated TBB/BAL (CIB). METHODS We reviewed… CONTINUE READING
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