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Case Report Anesthetic Management for Sequential Bronchoalveolar Lavage in a Patient with Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis: A case report
You Seong Jeong, Hee Joo Kim, Jae Hwan Kim, Myoung Hoon Kong, Mi Kyeong Lee, Nan Suk Kim, Young Seok Choi, Sang Ho Lim

Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
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Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare disease of unknown etiology characterized by the remittent or progressive accumulation of lipid-rich proteinaceous material within the alveolar space in the absence of inflammatory response. The removal of lipoproteinaceous material from the alveolar can the only means of effectively treating the progressive hypoxemia in pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. Bronchoalveolar lavage using a double-lumen endotracheal tube is an accepted modality for treatment of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. We had utilized sequential bronchoalveolar lavage successfully for the treatment of a 51 year-old male patient with pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. There was no hypoxemia and unstable hemodynamics during the procedure. We conclude that the procedure will be safely performed by careful monitoring.

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