What is the role of bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) in the evaluation of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Diagnostic bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) may be useful in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) when Pneumocystis, mycobacteria, or fungal pathogens are likely. Diagnostic bronchoscopy with BAL with or without biopsy may also be useful in unresolving CAP that does not respond to appropriate therapy.

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