Bronchoalveolar lavage studies in children without parenchymal lung disease: cellular constituents and protein levels

Pediatric Pulmonology
F MidullaR Ronchetti


We evaluated bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL) for cellular constituents, concentration of total protein (TP), albumin (AL), fibronectin (FN), and hyaluronic acid (HA) in 16 children aged 2-32 months without pulmonary inflammatory or parenchymal disease to establish reference values. We compared our data to those reported in older children and in normal adult volunteers. BAL results were obtained simultaneously from the right middle lobe and the lingula. Results indicated that children younger than 3 years of age had a higher number of cells/mL than older children and adults (59.9 x 10(4) vs. 17.6 x 10(4) and 12 x 10(4)). Differential cell count revealed that the percentages of alveolar macrophages (AM), lymphocytes (LYM), and eosinophils (EOS) were similar to those obtained in older children and in adults, whereas the percentage of neutrophils (NEU) was higher in younger children (NEU 5.5 vs 1.6 and 1.2%, respectively) than in older children and adults. The latter difference was even greater in infants under 12 months of age (NEU 7.6%). The concentrations of TP, AL, FN, and HA in children's BAL samples were compared to values reported for adults. There were no differences between infants and children 13-32 months of age or no...Continue Reading


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