Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Phenotypic characterization of lymphocyte subsets in bronchoalveolar lavage of patients with silicosis

Caracterização imunofenotípica das subpopulações de linfócitos do lavado broncoalveolar de pacientes com silicose

Ângela Ferreira, Jose da Silva Moreira, Regina Caetano, José Manoel Gabetto, Thereza Quirico-Santos

J Bras Pneumol.2000;26(3):107-112

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Bronchoalveolar lavage is a safe and simple technique to evaluate lung disease related to exposure to mineral dusts. The aim of this study was to characterize the lymphocyte subsets in bronchoalveolar lavage of patients with silicosis. Bronchoalveolar lavage was carried out in 26 workers with different forms of silicosis: simple form (n = 12), complicated (n = 13) and 1 patient with acute form of the disease. As a control group, 7 healthy individuals were included. Compared to the control group, silicotic patients showed intense pleocytosis constituted mainly by alveolar macrophages with slight lymphocytosis. Lymphocyte subsets present in the bronchoalveolar fluid (BAL) of normal individuals were mature lymphocytes with phenotype CD2+TCRab (87.3%) and only 2.9% were CD2+TCRgd. CD4/CD8 ratio was 1.8 with few (16%) immature double negative T cells subsets (CD4-CD8-). In contrast, silicotic patients showed reduction of the more mature lymphocyte subset CD2+CD4+, CD2+CD8+ and a great increase (47%) of immature (CD4-CD8-) T cell subsets. No increase in the NK (CD56+) cell population was observed. Biochemical analysis of protein contents and determination of the Ig/albumin ratio characterized local immunoglobulin production within the pulmonary microenvironment. Furthermore, lack of increase of plasma cells, as well as the maintenance of the percentage of B lymphocyte population (CD19+) in the BAL of silicotic patients, favors the hypothesis that the cells responsible for Ig production are possibly located in the interstitial space. Altogether the results suggest development of lymphopoiesis and tertiary lymphoid tissue within the pulmonary microenvironment during the clinical course of silicosis.

 


Keywords: bronchoalveolar lavage, lymphocyte subsets, silicosis, immunophenotyping

 


Evolution of exogenous lipoid pneumonia in children: clinical aspects, radiological aspects and the role of bronchoalveolar lavage

Evolução da pneumonia lipoide exógena em crianças: aspectos clínicos e radiológicos e o papel da lavagem broncoalveolar

Selma Maria de Azevedo Sias, Angela Santos Ferreira, Pedro Augusto Daltro, Regina Lúcia Caetano, José da Silva Moreira, Thereza Quirico-Santos

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(9):838-845

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Objective: To present aspects of the evolution of lipoid pneumonia in children, based on clinical, radiological and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid findings, emphasizing the importance of bronchoalveolar lavage for the diagnosis and treatment. Methods: We included 28 children, with a mean age of 20 months (range, 1-108 months), diagnosed with chronic pneumonia refractory to antimicrobial therapy, with TB or with a combination of the two. Most of the children had at least one risk factor for aspiration, and all of them had a history of mineral oil ingestion for intestinal constipation (23/28) or complicated ascaridiasis (5/28). Clinical evaluations, tomographic evaluations and analyses of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid were carried out at the beginning of treatment and throughout a follow-up period of 24 months. Results: Tachypnea and cough were the most common symptoms. The most common radiological alterations were areas of consolidation (23/28), perihilar infiltrates (13/28) and hyperinflation (11/28). Chest CT scans showed areas of consolidation with air bronchogram (24/28), decreased attenuation in the areas of consolidation (16/28), ground-glass opacities (3/28) and crazy-paving pattern (1/28). In the analysis of the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, Sudan staining revealed foamy macrophages, confirming the diagnosis of lipoid pneumonia. After treatment with multiple bronchoalveolar lavages (mean = 9.6), 20 children became asymptomatic, 18 of those presenting normal tomographic images. Conclusions: A diagnosis of lipoid pneumonia should be considered in patients with chronic refractory pneumonia or TB, especially if there is a history of mineral oil ingestion. Bronchoscopy with multiple bronchoalveolar lavages was an efficient treatment for the clearance of mineral oil from the lung parenchyma and the prevention of fibrosis. This strategy contributed to reducing the morbidity of lipoid pneumonia, which remains a rare diagnosis.

 


Keywords: Pneumonia, lipid; Bronchoalveolar lavage; Treatment outcome.

 


 

 


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