Lung Lavage

Posted by craigm1209 @craigm1209, Jun 22 4:05pm

For severe cases why cant you perform a lung lavage with a product that breaks up the virus cell? Mild soaps are well known for their ability to do this. Lung lavages are an age old treatment for some lung diseases. Just flush that Covid crap out!!!!

Hi @craigm1209, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. A lung lavage sounds like it would be welcome and simple solution, doesn't it. Like washing our hands. Unfortunately, it's more complex. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, doesn't only affect the lungs.

Bronchoalveolar lavage or lung lavage is primarily used as a diagnostic tool. This test has been used to diagnose cases of COVID-19. See these studies as examples:
– Diagnosis of COVID-19 by Bronchoalveolar Lavage after Two Negative Nasopharyngeal Swabs https://cjgim.ca/index.php/csim/article/view/449
– Bronchoalveolar lavage findings in severe COVID-19 pneumonia https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7225401/

Lung lavage has been used successfully as a treatment for a rare lung disease called pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). But lung lavage does not work for all lung conditions. It works well for PAP because of the nature of the disease, but it could actually cause challenges with other conditions, such as COPD and pulmonary fibrosis. It is currently not a treatment for COVID-19 that I know of.

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