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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.34 No.1 March 2010. -

The standard armamentarium of tests that are used by pulmonologist are laboratory tests, pulmonary function tests, different radiological techniques conventional chest-X rays, HRCT scans, etc and pathohistological analyses of biopsies. The minimally invasive bronchoalveolar lavage BAL procedure, in addition to methods earlier mentioned, is an important diagnostic instrument that can facilitate the diagnosis of various diffuse lung diseases DLD. BAL fluid white blood cell profiles are analyzed, malignant cells looked for, and in certain circumstances particular stains are performed to detect yet other cell types. Additionally, BAL can play a very important role in the diagnosis of respiratory tract infections. All these analyses are usually readily performed in a moderately equipped cytological laboratory.

bronchoalveolar lavage; diffuse lung disease; cell profiles

Autor: Tatjana Peroš-Golubičić - ; University of Zagreb, School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia Silvana Smojver-Ježek - ; Department of



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