Absence of bacteremia after fiberoptic bronchoscopy

Am Rev Respir Dis. 1975 Jan;111(1):102-4. doi: 10.1164/arrd.1975.111.1.102.


Fiberoptic bronchoscopy was performed in 43 consecutive afebrile patients with lung cancer. Blood cultures were drawn before the procedure, immediately afterward, and 30 min later. Although bacteria were isolated from all bronchoscopic washings and the majority of translaryngeal aspirates cultured, all blood cultures were bacteriologically sterile. No fever or evidence of infection developed in any patient within 24 hours after the procedure.

MeSH terms

  • Bronchoscopy / adverse effects*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Fiber Optic Technology*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Sepsis / etiology*
  • Sputum / microbiology