Brief Report: PDF OnlyBronchoscopy in Crack LungYacoub, Georges S. M.D.; Krell, Willane S. M.D.; Dubaybo, Basim A. M.D. Author Information Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center; and Department of Internal Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. Journal of Bronchology: January 1999 - Volume 6 - Issue 1 - p 35-41 Free Abstract We describe the bronchoalveolar lavage appearance in a patient presenting with chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, and diffuse interstitial infiltrates after the inhalation of crack cocaine. There was a gradual darkening of the aspirated fluid reflecting increased recovery of carbonaceous material introduced into the lung during deep inhalation of ignited crack. This emphasizes the importance of early bronchoscopy as a diagnostic tool for this entity and for the recognition of potential complications of thermal injury, a component of crack lung syndrome. © 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.