Title: A Study of Broncheoalveolar Lavage (BAL) In Diagnosis of Respiratory Disease in Tertiary Care Hospital
Authors: Ekta Pandey, Kalaivani Seivi S*, Erli Amel Ivan
It is a prospective observation study that evaluates use of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) for the diagnosis of infective and malignant pulmonary pathologies. We studied BAL samples in 52 consecutive patients from period of January 2017 to June 2018. We had 7 patients with pulmonary malignancy, proven on biopsy. Whereas BAL yielded only 4 positive cases. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of BAL for diagnosis of malignancy were 57.14%, 95.55%, 66.66% and 93.47% respectively.
Keywords: Bronchoalveolar lavage, lung cancer, pulmonary infection.