Broncho-Alveolar Lavage: A diagnostic procedure in ILD



Broncho-Alveolar Lavage:

Broncho-alveolar lavage(BAL) is a well tolerated diagnostic procedure in ILD.

Broncho-alveolar lavage(BAL) cytology analysis (differential cell counts) should be
considered in the evaluation of patients with IPF at the discretion of the treating physicians:
Eosinophilic Pneumonia,
Histio-cytosis x, or
Alveolar proteinosis.

In the evaluation of patients with suspected IPF, the most important application of Broncho-alveolar lavage(BAL) is in the exclusion of other diagnosis.

Prominent lympho-cytosis allows excluding a diagnosis of IPF.

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