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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 6, Issue 6, Pages 286-290
Original Article

Fibreoptic Bronchoscopy in the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Disease in the Immunocompromised Host in Northern Alberta

Jennifer A Crocket, Michelle R Chaput, and Dale C Lien

Pulmonary Division, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Received 5 October 1994; Accepted 16 June 1995

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


OBJECTIVES: To determine the diagnostic utility of bronchoscopy in a population of immunocompromised hosts in northern Alberta.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Results from bronchoscopy in 86 immunocompromised patients who underwent a total of 101 procedures were retrospectively reviewed.

RESULTS: The overall diagnostic yield was 57% with the highest yield in patients on immunosuppressive drug therapy (80%) and the lowest yield in the group of bone marrow transplant patients (27%).

CONCLUSIONS: Bronchoscopy is a valuable tool for the evaluation of pulmonary disease in the immunocompromised host. Overall diagnostic yield of 57% is comparable with that reported in the literature.