Total eosinophil cationic protein levels in induced sputum as a marker of changes in eosinophilic inflammation in a patient with allergic asthma.


BACKGROUND Counting eosinophils in induced sputum seems to be a better way to survey disease activity than indirect clinical assessments of airway inflammation, such as pulmonary function measurement. The conventional analysis of induced sputum, however, is time-consuming and requires skilled personnel, which have restricted its use. OBJECTIVE To… (More)


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