Microbiological results of bronchoalveolar lavage that was performed for opportunistic pulmonary infections Firsatçi pulmoner infeksiyon ön tanisiyla yapilan bronkoalveoler lavajin mikrobiyolojik sonuçlari

Gülcü A., SEVİNÇ C., ESEN N., KILINÇ O., Uç E. S., Itil O., ...More

Tuberkuloz ve Toraks, vol.54, no.3, pp.249-253, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Journal Name: Tuberkuloz ve Toraks
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.249-253
  • Keywords: BAL, Immunosupression, Opportunistic pulmonary infection
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Between 2001-2002; in 62 cases, 33 (53%) male, 29 (47%) female, mean age 51.4 ± 18.1 years) bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) was performed for diagnosis of opportunistic pulmonary infection and specimens were evaluated for results of microbiological examinations. There was hematological malignancy in 18 (29%) and solid organ malignancy in 13 (21%) cases. Thirty-one (50%) cases were immuncompromised for reasons other than malignancy. By endoscopic evaluation endobronchial lesion was seen in 2 (3%) cases, indirect tumor signs were seen in 2 (3%) cases and signs of infection were seen in 11 (18%) cases. Fortyseven (76%) cases were endoscopically normal. Acid-fast bacilli (AFB) direct examination was positive in 3 (5%) cases. In 4 (6%) cases mycobacterial culture was positive, Mycobacterium tuberculosis-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was also positive in these four cases. Examination of Gram-stained smears for bacteria was associated with infection in 14 (23%) cases. Bacteriologic cultures were positive for single potential pathogen in 10 (16%) cases, and for mixed pathogens in 7 (11%) cases for a total number of 17 (27%). Fungal cultures were positive in 3 (5%) cases all of which had hematological malignancy. As a result in 24 (39%) cases microbiological agent of infection is determined: in four mycobacteria, in 17 bacteria other than mycobacteria and in three fungi.