Role of Bronchoalveolar Lavage Diagnostics in Fungal Infections

Kenneth S Knox, Laura Meinke

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Abstract

Although a biopsy may need to be performed in complicated patients, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) is an important adjunct to the diagnosis of pulmonary and disseminated fungal infections. Culture is the gold standard for diagnosis in many instances, but cytologic and morphologic analysis is often diagnostic. Although newer molecular and antigen techniques may be applied to BAL samples, the role of such tests is yet to be defined for many pathogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-365
Number of pages11
JournalClinics in Chest Medicine
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Mycoses
Bronchoalveolar Lavage
Fungal Lung Diseases
Biopsy
Antigens

Keywords

  • Antigen testing
  • Cytology
  • Endemic
  • Fungus
  • Immunosuppressed
  • Lavage
  • Lung

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Role of Bronchoalveolar Lavage Diagnostics in Fungal Infections. / Knox, Kenneth S; Meinke, Laura.

In: Clinics in Chest Medicine, Vol. 30, No. 2, 06.2009, p. 355-365.

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