Value of pleural fluid lysozyme estimation in tubercular and non-tubercular pleural effusions.
Rajpal, A.S.; Sharma, G.S.; Gupta, P.K. and Nanavati, V. (1981) Value of pleural fluid lysozyme estimation in tubercular and non-tubercular pleural effusions. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 28 (4). pp. 205-208.
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Pleural fluid lysozyme estimation was done in 58 patients with pleural effusion of varied etiology. Out of 58 patients 34, 14 and 10 cases were of tuberculous, non-infected and bacterial pleural effusion respectively. The mean level of lysozyma was found higher in tubercular pleural fluid, but the difference was not statistically significant. There was no definite correlation between the level of lysozyme and presence of mycobacteria in sputum or pleural fluid. An indirect evidence was found that the pleural fluid lysozyme is derived from blood rather than inflammatory cells, in the pleural fluid.
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