Bronchoalveolar lavage (/
In particular, bronchoalveolar lavage is commonly used to diagnose infections in people with immune system problems, pneumonia in people on ventilators, some types of lung cancer, and scarring of the lung (interstitial lung disease). It is the most common method used to sample the epithelial lining fluid (ELF) and to determine the protein composition of the pulmonary airways. It is often used in immunological research as a means of sampling cells (for example, T cells) or pathogen levels (for example, influenza virus) in the lung.
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