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Bronchopulmonary Lavage

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Bronchopulmonary Lavage

What is Bronchopulmonary Lavage?

During bronchopulmonary lavage, the lungs are irrigated with nine to 12 liters of fluid with the use of a bronchoscope.

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Conditions Treated with Bronchopulmonary Lavage:

Bronchopulmonary lavage is utilized in order to obtain a sample of and remove excess material such as mucus, pus, or surfactant. It is also used in cases of cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, silicosis, refractory asthma, lipoid pneumonitis, radioactive dust inhalation, alveolar microlithiasis and alveolar proteinosis.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Bronchopulmonary Lavage:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to bronchopulmonary lavage.

Anesthesia with Bronchopulmonary Lavage:

Bronchopulmonary lavage is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Bronchopulmonary Lavage:

Possible risks following bronchopulmonary lavage include collapsed lung, aspiration of lavage fluid and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

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