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Pleural fluid analysis: standstill or a work in progress?
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PMID:  22448326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Pleural fluid analysis yields important diagnostic information in pleural effusions in combination with clinical history, examination, and radiology. For more than 30 years, the initial and most pragmatic step in this process is to determine whether the fluid is a transudate or an exudate. Light's criteria remain the most robust in separating the transudate-exudate classification which dictates further investigations or management. Recent studies have led to the evaluation and implementation of a number of additional fluid analyses that may improve the diagnostic utility of this method. This paper discusses the current practice and future direction of pleural fluid analysis in determining the aetiology of a pleural effusion. While this has been performed for a few decades, a number of other pleural characteristics are becoming available suggesting that this diagnostic tool is indeed a work in progress.
T Hassan; M Al-Alawi; S H Chotirmall; N G McElvaney
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-02-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pulmonary medicine     Volume:  2012     ISSN:  2090-1844     ISO Abbreviation:  Pulm Med     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101558762     Medline TA:  Pulm Med     Country:  Egypt    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  716235     Citation Subset:  -    
Respiratory Research Division, Educationand Research Center, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont Road, Dublin 9, Ireland.
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