Unguided bronchoalveolar lavage techniques and residual effects in dogs.

McCauley M., Atwell R.B., Sutton R.H. and Lumsden J.S. (1998) Unguided bronchoalveolar lavage techniques and residual effects in dogs.. Australian veterinary journal, 76 3: 161-165. doi:10.1111/j.1751-0813.1998.tb10119.x

Author McCauley M.
Atwell R.B.
Sutton R.H.
Lumsden J.S.
Title Unguided bronchoalveolar lavage techniques and residual effects in dogs.
Journal name Australian veterinary journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0423
Publication date 1998-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1751-0813.1998.tb10119.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 76
Issue 3
Start page 161
End page 165
Total pages 5
Language eng
Subject 3400 Veterinary
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To investigate the use of unguided bronchoalveolar lavage techniques in dogs without fibreoptic bronchoscopy, using an adapted single vascular catheter and a double-lumen catheter made from two single vascular catheters. ANIMALS: Sixty-nine dogs were examined with the single-catheter technique and 110 dogs with the double-catheter technique. DESIGN: A prospective study. PROCEDURE: Sixty-nine and 220 samples, collected with the single catheter and the double catheter respectively, were examined cytologically. Lungs of 69 dogs were examined grossly and histologically. Radiographic examination was performed on 11 dogs. RESULTS: The double-catheter technique produced samples with significantly higher cellularity (P < 0.01) and fewer red blood cells (P < 0.01) than the single-catheter technique. Repeat samples collected with a double catheter were not significantly different (P > 0.01) in any value. A reference range for nucleated cell counts of 62 to 1210 x 10(6)/L was calculated from 57 clinically and histologically normal dogs. The major residual effects of the technique were localised pulmonary oedema, and alveolar distension with collapse and congestion of distant parenchyma. Thoracic radiographs revealed increased lung opacity for at least up to 7 h after the procedure. CONCLUSIONS: The cellularity of the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid obtained was adequate and sufficient fluid was retrieved when the single catheter was located in a proper position. However, the double catheter obtained better samples more quickly and easily, with less damage to the respiratory tract.
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