Exudative pleural effusion: effectiveness of pleural fluid analysis and pleural biopsy
AbstractThe study compared pleural fluid analysis and pleural biopsy in the diagnosis of 100 patients with exudative pleural effusion [PE] in Babol, Islamic Republic of Iran. Tuberculous pleurisy and malignant pleural effusion were confirmed by the identification of acid-fast bacilli from body fluids or tumour cells from tissue specimens. Malignant diseases and tuberculosis were the causes of exudative PE in 43% and 33% of patients respectively. The diagnostic sensitivity of pleural biopsy in patients with tuberculous PE and malignant PE was 70% and 54%, and the diagnostic sensitivity of pleural fluid analysis was 33% and 70% respectively. Combined pleural biopsy and pleural fluid analysis were positive in 97% of tuberculous PE cases and 91% of malignant PE
Heidari, B., Bijani, K., Eissazadeh, M. & Heidari, P. (2007). Exudative pleural effusion: effectiveness of pleural fluid analysis and pleural biopsy. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117310
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 13 (4), 765-773, 2007
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