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Eosinophilic pleural effusion: is it always nondiagnostic?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8627210     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The presence of eosinophils in the pleural effusion is generally considered nondiagnostic. It usually indicates that the patient has had a previous thoracentesis and that air or blood has come in contact with the effusion. Idiopathic acute eosinophilic pneumonia is characterized by acute onset of pulmonary symptoms with hypoxemia, pulmonary infiltrates, eosinophils in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, and prompt response to steroid therapy. We report a patient who presented with symptoms of acute pneumonia in which the presence of increased eosinophils in the pleural effusion indicated eosinophilic pneumonia.
D J Fitzgerald; B A Chaudhary; W B Davis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of family practice     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0094-3509     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Pract     Publication Date:  1996 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-06-27     Completed Date:  1996-06-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502590     Medline TA:  J Fam Pract     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  405-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Section of Pulmonary Diseases, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Pleural Effusion / pathology*,  radiography
Pulmonary Eosinophilia / diagnosis*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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