ROY J. MOSER III, M.D.; MICHAEL F. TENHOLDER, M.D.; ROBERT RIDENOUR, M.D.
To the editor: Bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsy are both highly sensitive in diagnosing pulmonary infections in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (1). With the accuracy of bronchoalveolar lavage in identifying pulmonary pathogens in these patients, it is often tempting to avoid the risk of transbronchial biopsy. However, we agree with Broaddus and colleagues (1) that both procedures should be done unless contraindicated, and we describe a case that shows the value of transbronchial biopsy in this setting.
A 65-year-old man presented with a 1-year history of anorexia, weight loss, intermittent fever, and night sweats that had been attributed
MOSER RJ, TENHOLDER MF, RIDENOUR R. Oat-Cell Carcinoma in Transfusion-Associated Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;103:478. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-3-478_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(3):478.
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