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April 1976

Bronchopulmonary Lavage to Remove Pulmonary Casts and Plugs

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery/Otolaryngology, University of California, Irvine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(4):193-197. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780090035001

• Therapy for such obstructive pulmonary lung diseases as alveolar proteinosis, pneumonia, asthma, bronchiectasis, and cystic fibrosis, ranges from medical therapy to inhalation therapy to direct bronchoscopy and irrigation. The basic pathophysiologic feature is the retention of mucous secretions and foreign material within the lungs and therapy directed to removal of these secretions. Bronchopulmonary lavage recently has been suggested as an effective tool toward resolution of these illnesses. The otolaryngologist, who is adept in endoscopy, is asked to perform bronchoscopic procedures with washings to aid in the alleviation of these obstructive pulmonary diseases. This paper deals with the effectiveness of massive bronchopulmonary lavage in the elimination of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary lung diseases.

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