December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supp, Vol. 56, piii79
Academic Journal
This article presents various studies related to sputum. There is increasing interest in the use of induced sputum differential cell counts in clinical and research practice. The technique provides a relatively non-invasive method for measuring airway inflammation, and has been shown to be safe, valid and repeatable. Analysis of induced sputum is a relatively non-invasive method of assessing inflammation in a variety of airway diseases. The use of dithiothreitol to liquefy the sputum poses problems for analysis of soluble mediators with disulfide bonds.


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