Bronchoalveolar lavage

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Bronchoalveolar lavage is used to investigate coughing and suspected bronchial or alveolar disease, or to obtain a sample for cytology and bacteriology.

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Figure 1 Bronchoalveolar lavage technique
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Figure 2 Recovered fluid is typically slightly turbid with a foamy layer at the top
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