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Bronchoalveolar lavage in talc induced lung disease.
  1. A A Redondo,
  2. D B Ettensohn,
  3. M Khan,
  4. N Kessimian
  1. Department of Medicine, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket.


    A 65 year old woman with a history of occupational talc inhalation presented with hypoxaemia, cough, and dyspnoea with a normal chest radiograph. Bronchoalveolar lavage showed considerable lymphocytosis, with a predominance of T8+ T lymphocytes, and open lung biopsy showed peribronchiolar granulomas containing talc crystals. Corticosteroid treatment resulted in dramatic improvement. Bronchoalveolar lavage may aid in the diagnosis of talc related lung injury.

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