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Lung India Official publication of Indian Chest Society  
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Year : 1987  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 115-118

Comparison Of Bacteriology Of Different Parts Of Airways

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N. K Jain

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Bronchofiberscopic aspiration using cannula with stylet (type PR 2B) was performed in 60 patients of bronchopulmonary diseases and secretions were collected from trachea, right main bronchus and left main bronchus. A morning sputum sample and an oropharyngeal swab were also taken. 50 harboured pathogens in their airways, in only 60 per cent, the same pathogens were present both in the main bronchi and upper respiratory tract. Bacteria were isolated in pure culture from bronchi in 86 per cent, while in sputum in only 19 per cent. Potential pathogens isolated from the bronchi were Coliforms, Cocci, and H. influenzae. The rate of isolation of Coliforms was higher in those who had received antibiotics for more than weeks. Gram’s stain of bronchial aspirate correlated better with corresponding culture. The method was well tolerated by all the patients.

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