Utility of Induced Sputum in Routine Clinical Practice

Silvia Barril, Laura Sebastián, Gianluca Cotta, Astrid Crespo, Eder Mateus, Montserrat Torrejón, David Ramos-Barbón, Vicente Plaza

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© 2015 SEPAR. Objective: To determine the general and specific utility in diagnosis and/or treatment of induced sputum (IS) inflammatory cell counts in routine clinical practice. Methods: Retrospective study of 171 patients referred for clinical sputum induction over a 1-year period in the pulmonology department of a referral hospital. Independent observers established whether the information provided by IS inflammatory cell count was useful for making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. Results: The most frequent reasons for determination of IS inflammatory cell count were: asthma 103 (59.20%); uncontrolled asthma 34 (19.54%); chronic cough 19 (10.9%), and gastroesophageal reflux 15 (8.6%). In 115 patients (67.3%) it was generally useful for diagnosis and/or treatment; in 98 patients (57.3%) it provided diagnostic information and in 85 patients (49.7%) it assisted in therapeutic decision-making. In asthma, uncontrolled asthma, chronic cough and gastroesophageal reflux, the results were useful in 71.8%, 67.6%, 47.4% and 60%, respectively. Conclusion: The information provided by IS inflammatory cell count is extremely useful in clinical practice, especially in asthma and chronic cough. These results may justify the inclusion of the IS technique in pulmonology departments and asthma units of referral centers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-255
JournalArchivos de Bronconeumologia
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


  • Asthma
  • Clinical utility
  • Induced sputum


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