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Bronchoalveolar lavage in the investigation of bovine respiratory disease
  1. George Caldow

    George Caldow graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, in 1980. He has worked with the SAC Veterinary Science Division since 1987, and is currently regional veterinary manager for the south east of Scotland. His main interests are diseases of beef cattle.


WHILE the prospect of introducing a nasal tube into the airways of a conscious animal and then passing a small volume of saline into the lung may appear daunting, the procedure is safe and well tolerated in all but the most dyspnoeic patient. This article describes the technique of bronchoalveolar lavage and discusses the benefits it offers over more conventional sampling methods in the diagnosis of respiratory disease in cattle.

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