The role of bronchoalveolar lavage in the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.

@article{Kahn1986TheRO,
  title={The role of bronchoalveolar lavage in the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.},
  author={F W Kahn and Jesse M Jones and Douglas M England},
  journal={American journal of clinical pathology},
  year={1986},
  volume={86 4},
  pages={518-23}
}
Cultures and histochemical stains for fungi were performed on concentrated, cytocentrifuged bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples from 82 immunocompromised patients undergoing bronchoscopic evaluation of new pulmonary infiltrates. Aspergillus hyphae were identified in 9 of 17 BAL samples from patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and from 3 of the remaining 65 study patients without this diagnosis. Thus, the presence of Aspergillus hyphae in BAL samples had a 53% sensitivity, 97… CONTINUE READING