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Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) in systemic sclerosis (SSc) with lung involvement: role and correlations with functional, radiological and scintigraphic


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#1 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:37 PM

Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) in systemic sclerosis (SSc) with lung involvement: role and correlations with functional, radiological and scintigraphic parameters. Our study revealed a trend toward a more severe course in the SSc patients with BAL alveolitis; probably the non-significant result is related to the low number of the examined subjects and to the selection criteria. However, BAL remains the only tool to exclude lung infections and, in our experience, a useful instrument to evaluate interstitial lung disease in SSc patients. S. Volpinari. (PubMed) Rheumatol Int. 2010 Mar 30. (Also see: Induced Sputum and BAL Tests)

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