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ABSTRACT:

Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) is an under-utilised procedure in the investigation of equine respiratory disease. It provides information on lower airway inflammation that cannot be obtained from a tracheal aspirate. In the diagnosis of Recurrent Airway Obstruction, Summer Pasture-Associated Recurrent Airway Obstruction and Inflammatory Airway Disease it provides more reliable cytological inflammation than a tracheal aspirate. The procedure is safe, straightforward and inexpensive to perform.