Corticosteroids in the treatment of tuberculous pleural effusion

Grewal, K.S.; Dixit, R.P. and Dutta, B. (1964) Corticosteroids in the treatment of tuberculous pleural effusion. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 11 (4). pp. 177-181.

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61 Cases of tuberculous pleural effusion, on three different treatment regimens, have been studied. Group I: Antimicrobial drugs + corticosteroid (30 cases). Group II. Antimicrobial drugs (19 cases). Group III: Antimicrobial drugs-)- Repeated aspiration (12 cases). The comparative results of treatment at 15 days, and 1, 3, 6 months indicate that (1) Clinical improvement as judged by abolition of fever, gain in weight and fall in E.S.R. is more rapid in the steroid group. (2) Radiological clearance at all stages and particularly at 15 days and 1 month shows a statistically significant difference in favour of the steroid group. This is particularly marked when the effusions are upto and above the hilum level. The incidence of shadows of thickened pleura and obliteration of costophrenic angle is significantly lower in the steroid group. The complications due to steroids are few and minor.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Corticosteroids, Tuberculosis, Pleural Effusion, Tuberculous Pleural Effusion, Pleura
Subjects:Polycyclic Hydrocarbons > Steroids
Bacterial Infections and Mycoses > Bacterial Infections > Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections > Actinomycetales Infections > Mycobacterium Infections > Tuberculosis
Therapeutics > Drug Therapy
Respiratory Tract Diseases > Pleural Diseases > Pleural Effusion
Respiratory System > Pleura
-Journal Repositories > Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
ID Code:977
Deposited By:Mrs Naina Pandita
Deposited On:21 October 2005

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