Bronchoscopy following diagnosis with cystic fibrosis

Arch Dis Child. 2007 Oct;92(10):898-9. doi: 10.1136/adc.2006.105825. Epub 2006 Nov 6.


We recently changed our practice to perform bronchoscopy following diagnosis with cystic fibrosis. On a retrospective review of 25 children, Pseudomonas aeruginosa was detected in bronchoalveolar lavage for the first time in five children (20%) and Staphylococcus aureus in four (16%). Lavage culture was positive in eight of 18 children without respiratory symptoms. This highlights the potential of bronchoscopy following diagnosis, even in asymptomatic children.

MeSH terms

  • Bronchoscopy / methods*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / complications
  • Cystic Fibrosis / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Pseudomonas Infections / diagnosis*
  • Pseudomonas Infections / prevention & control