Use of bronchoalveolar lavage to detect galactomannan for diagnosis of pulmonary aspergillosis among nonimmunocompromised hosts.

@article{Nguyen2007UseOB,
  title={Use of bronchoalveolar lavage to detect galactomannan for diagnosis of pulmonary aspergillosis among nonimmunocompromised hosts.},
  author={Minh Hong Nguyen and Reia A Jaber and Helen L. Leather and John R Wingard and Benjamin J. Staley and Laurence Joseph Wheat and Christina L. Cline and Maher A. Baz and Kenneth H Rand and Cornelius J. Clancy},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={45 9},
  pages={2787-92}
}
Pulmonary aspergillosis in nonimmunocompromised hosts, although rare, is being increasingly recognized. The diagnosis of pulmonary aspergillosis is difficult, since the recovery of Aspergillus from respiratory samples cannot differentiate colonization from invasion. We assessed the role of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) in detecting galactomannan (GM) for diagnosing pulmonary aspergillosis in 73 nonimmunocompromised patients with pulmonary infiltrates for whom the test was ordered. Six patients… CONTINUE READING

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