Table 3

BAL findings according to final interdisciplinary diagnosis
BAL counts (%) Normal range UIP/IPF NSIP RBILD COP HP LCH
macrophages >84 64 ± 20 45.3 ± 31 77 ± 21* 46 ± 33 33 ± 18** 86 ± 17
lymphocytes <13 18 ± 13 36 ± 27 14 ± 9 40 ± 33† 60 ± 18†† 4.5 ± 3
neutrophiles <3 10 ± 6 13.3 ± 11 6.8 ± 6.2 8 ±11 5.5 ± 5 7.5 ± 10
eosinophiles <0.5 7.5 ± 4.7 5 ± 6.5 2 ± 2 5.7 ± 4 1.3 ± 0,8 1.5 ± 2
mast cells <0.5 0.5 ± 0.4 0. ± 0.3 0.2 ± 0.2 0.3 ± 0.3 0.2 ± 0.3 0.5 ± 0.4
CD4/CD8 1.1-3.5 1.6 ± 1.5 2.1 ± 1.7 0.6 ± 0.1 2 ±0.9 3.7 ± 2.7 n.a.

n.a. = not available.

* p < 0.05 vs NSIP, COP and HP.

** p < 0.05 vs UIP/IPF.

† p < 0.05 vs UIP/IPF, HP und RBILD.

†† p < 0.05 vs UIP/IPF, NSIP, COP, RBILD, und LCH.

Theegarten et al.

Theegarten et al. Diagnostic Pathology 2012 7:160   doi:10.1186/1746-1596-7-160

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