THOMAS B. FERGUSON, M.D.; THOMAS H. BURFORD, M.D.
The three most common causes of a persistent unilateral pleural effusion are tuberculosis, metastatic carcinoma and heart failure, although a variety of other disease processes can give rise to fluid collections.1, 2 Determination of the etiology of such an effusion may at times be quite difficult. It is a frequent experience to find that, even after a general medical survey and complete cytologic and bacteriologic studies have been done, there still remain a number of cases in which a specific diagnosis is lacking. If the patient is a young adult and the fluid serous in nature, an empiric diagnosis of
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FERGUSON TB, BURFORD TH. THE ROLE OF SURGERY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF UNILATERAL PLEURAL EFFUSION(THE ROLE OF SURGERY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF UNILATERAL PLEURAL EFFUSION*). Ann Intern Med. 1959;50:981–998. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-50-4-981
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;50(4):981-998.
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