Role of pleural biopsy as a diagnostic measure in provisionally diagnosed pleural effusion cases and effect of antituberculuos chemotherapy on specific diagnosis
Mital, O.P.; Katiyar, S.K.; Agarwal, M.C. and Raju, S. (1979) Role of pleural biopsy as a diagnostic measure in provisionally diagnosed pleural effusion cases and effect of antituberculuos chemotherapy on specific diagnosis. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 26 (3). pp. 152-156.
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Pleural biopsy by Cope’s needle was performed in 54 suspected cases of tuberculous effusion. A proper history of previous antituberculous chemotherapy was recorded in all of them. Adequate tissue for histopathology was procured in all the cases (100%). Histopathologically specific diagnosis could be established in 25 cases (46.3%), including 23 cases (42.6%) of tuberculosis and 2 cases (3.7%) of malignancy. Diagnostic yield was maximum in cases who had received antituberculous chemotherapy for less than one month, i.e. 18 out of 25 cases (72%). It was nil (0%) in those who had taken treatment for more than 2 months. Only non-specific tissue changes were seen in the last group. There were no major complications. All other investigations were inconclusive for a specific diagnosis.
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