Whole Lung Lavage for Alveolar Proteinosis
Whole lung lavage is a very specific procedure for a condition known as pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. This condition leads to the deposition of a sand like material in the alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs. The procedure of whole lung lavage is performed to wash this material out of the lungs allowing patients to breathe far more easily.
The Interventional Pulmonology Program at Henry Ford Hospital has a tremendous amount of experience in performing this procedure. We always plan to perform the lavage of both lungs during the same operation for patients simplifying the overall experience. After the completion of this procedure as an outpatient, most patients will spend one night in the hospital.
The Interventional Pulmonology Program at Henry Ford has excellent success with managing patients with bilateral whole lung lavage. We can then set up appropriate follow-up and any other specific management that may be required for this rare condition.