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Diffuse pulmonary infiltrates in immunocompromised patients.




 

Neth J Med. 1999 Jul;55(1):23-8. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

The differential diagnosis of bilateral interstitial pulmonary infiltrates in immunocompromised patients is very extensive. We describe two immunocompromised patients with diffuse pulmonary infiltrative changes. Bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage after orotracheal intubation using topical anaesthesia combined with mild sedation in an ICU setting is safe in critically ill patients and often yields a conclusive diagnosis.

JOURNAL ARTICLE Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*COMPLICATIONS/IMMUNOLOGY Adult Aged Antineoplastic Agents/IMMUNOLOGY Bone Marrow Transplantation/*IMMUNOLOGY Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid/*MICROBIOLOGY Bronchoscopy Case Report Fatal Outcome Female Human Immunocompromised Host/*IMMUNOLOGY Lung Diseases, Interstitial/*DIAGNOSIS/*IMMUNOLOGY/THERAPY Male Respiratory Insufficiency/*ETIOLOGY Shock/*ETIOLOGY Treatment Outcome



 




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