[THE ROLE OF CLOSED PLEURAL BIOPSY IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF TUBERCULOUS PLEURISY IN A POPULATION AT-RISK]. Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Tuberculous pleurisy is the most common form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis, and a common cause of exudative pleural effusion. Closed pleural biopsy can be used for diagnosis. In recent years, more invasive methods are used for the diagnostic process in the western world. Contrary to the global trend, physicians at the Pulmonary Institute of the Soroka University Medical Center still perform a closed pleural biopsy as the first diagnostic step. In this article, we report our experience in the diagnosis of tuberculous pleurisy by closed pleural biopsy. A retrospective cohort analysis, conducted among patients, who were admitted for investigation of pleural effusion between 2008 and 2013, and underwent closed pleural biopsy with an Abrams needle in the evaluation of tuberculous pleurisy (n= 25). Histopathological evidence of tuberculosis bacterium infection included a positive …

publication date

  • January 1, 2016