Bronchoalveolar Lavage in Asthma

  • S. I. Rennard
  • A. A. Floreani
  • J. Linder
  • A. B. Thompson
  • S. McGranaghan
  • J. R. Spurzem


A number of methods are available for the assessment of airways inflammation in asthma: (1) Large samples of airways can be studied in material sampled at autopsy or at surgery. (2) Bronchoscopy provides a means to both inspect and sample the lower respiratory tract. (3) Expectorated sputum contains inflammatory cells and mediators which can be characteristic of asthma.


Bronchoalveolar Lavage Lavage Fluid Epithelial Line Fluid Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy Nebraska Medical 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. I. Rennard
    • 1
  • A. A. Floreani
    • 1
  • J. Linder
    • 1
  • A. B. Thompson
    • 1
  • S. McGranaghan
    • 1
  • J. R. Spurzem
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical CareUniversity of NebraskaOmahaUSA

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