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Korean J Anesthesiol. 1998 Oct;35(4):781-785. Korean. Original Article.
Lim HK , Lee KH , Park JT , Kim SY , Im KB .
Department of Anesthesiology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea .

Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a noninflammatory diffuse lung disease, characterized by a dense accumulation of lipoproteinaceous material within the alveoli, causing hypoxemia, restrictive lung disease, and abnormalities on chest radiograph. The etiology of PAP is uncertain and various forms, including idiopathic and disease secondary to dust or fume exposure. Bronchopulmonary lavage (BPL) is a safe and effective treatment in PAP, and a unique procedure which requires general anesthesia and separation of the lung with a double lumen endobronchial tube. We experienced anesthetic management of BPL for the successful treatment of a 33 years old female patient with PAP.

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