During bronchopulmonary lavage, the lungs are irrigated with nine to 12 liters of fluid with the use of a bronchoscope.
Also Known As:
- Lung surgery
- Fluid removal
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.