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Between-observer repeatability of sputum differential cell counts. Influence of cell viability and squamous cell contamination.

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BACKGROUND: Induced sputum differential cell counts have been advocated as a method of noninvasively assessing airway inflammation in asthma and other airway diseases. Relatively little is known about the between-observer repeatability of sputum differential cell counts and the factors that influence it. OBJECTIVE: To assess the between-observer variability of induced sputum cell counts. METHODS: Sputum was induced and processed using standard techniques. Forty-two slides from 38 patients (31...

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Woltmann, G More by this author
Wardlaw, AJ More by this author
Pavord, ID More by this author
Journal:
Clinical and experimental allergy : journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Volume:
29
Issue:
2
Pages:
248-252
Publication date:
1999-02-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1365-2222
ISSN:
0954-7894
URN:
uuid:d7bf635a-8abc-45cd-8883-bef9898e84d2
Source identifiers:
435384
Local pid:
pubs:435384

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