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The therapeutic washing out of an organ.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a medical procedure used to cleanse mechanically the walls and contents of such tubular organs as the vagina or urethra and surrounding tissues. A lavage may also be performed for therapeutic and preventive medical purposes; in such cases, it is based on the action of a chemical agent or temperature. Warm boiled water or solutions of various medicinal substances are used in the procedure.

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Nasal lavage. Nasal lavage was carried out using a method previously described (Noah and Becker 2000) by repetitive spraying of sterile normal saline irrigation solution (4 mL total) into the nostril, followed by voluntary expelling of fluid by the subject into a specimen collection cup.
Analysis of the nasal lavage samples supported the clinical findings of chronic nasal inflammation among the WTC-exposed cohort.
The researchers concluded, "It seems possible that the ES SAL [endoscopic surgery with serial antimicrobial lavage] program may be applicable to other disease states predisposed to chronic refractory infectious sinusitis." Nevertheless, ESSAL still involves surgery, which could be avoided if nasal lavage could alleviate symptoms on its own.
We followed exhaled nitric oxide, nasal NO, lung functions, cytokines [tumor necrosis factor-[alpha] (TNF-[alpha]), interleukin-4 (IL-4), IL-6, and IL-12] and NO in nasal lavage fluid (NAL) during and after the exposures.
Treatment with aspirin during aspirin desensitization has been reported to lower the level of leukotriene C4 in nasal lavage fluid of aspirin-sensitive patients.
In the 37 patients treated after inoculation, viral titers and IL-8 concentrations in nasal lavage fluid were lower than those following placebo, they said (JAMA 281[19]:1797-1804, 1999).
Techniques to study potential health effects include multiple methods to study the impact of pollutants on the respiratory tract, including acoustic thinometry, nasal peak inspiratory flow, nasal scraping, nasal lavage, olfactory testing, and trigeminal nerve sensory acuity.