Pleura

Pleural Tuberculosis

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Pleural Tuberculosis

  • Epidemiology
  1. Represents 5% of Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis
  • Signs
  1. Unilateral, moderate Pleural Effusion
  • Labs
  1. Thoracentesis for Pleural Fluid
    1. Pleural Fluid exudative
    2. Lymphocyte predominance
    3. Pleural Fluid PCR for Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  2. Pleural lesion (e.g. granuloma) biopsies