Table 1

Characteristics of patients who died during the 28 days following bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)

Patient no Group Isolates from BAL fluid Isolates from other sources Death (days after BAL) Additional comments
1B Enterococcus faecalis Enterococcus(ph)4
5ACoagulase negativeStaphylococcus Coagulase negativeStaphylococcus (ph, b)15
10AMultiresistantStaphylococcus;Enterococcus faecalis MultiresistantStaphylococcus (b);Staphylococcus aureus (b);Aspergillus (sp, u);Candida (sp, rare)5
12A Legionella pneumophila Negative16
14B Acinetobacter;E hermani Candida (sp, ph)18
24B Candida Candida(ph, sp)21Patient refused antifugal therapy after 3 days of treatment
28A Legionella pneumophila Acinetobacter (sp);Staphylococcus aureus (sp, ph)24
33B M tuberculosis Negative3
34ANegative Aspergillus(sp); Candida (sp, ph, f)3
39A Stenotrophomonas maltophilia; Capnocytophaga;Staphylococcus Staphylococcus(ph)5
44B Aspergillus fumigatus;Candida Aspergillus fumigatus (sp); Candida(sp)20
47A Aspergillus fumigatus; Candida; Streptococcus; Lactobacillus Candida (sp, f)15Necropsy: fungal pneumonia
48AMultiresistantStaphylococcus Negative26
64A Enterococcus faecalis Negative12
70B Candida Candida(ph); Klebsiella pneumoniae(ph)1
71ANegativeNegative20ARDS, pneumothorax related to mechanical ventilation
78B Candida Candida(ph, f) Staph aureus(ph)19
90BCytomegalovirus;Candida;Staphylococcus;Lactobacillus Candida(u, f, sp, ph); Staphylococcus (sp, ph)7Necropsy: cytomegalovirus pneumonia
  • ph = pharyngeal smears; sp = sputum; b = blood; f = faeces; u = urine.