HAROLD LEVINE, M.D.; MARTIN SZANTO, M.D.; HANS G. GRIEBLE, M.D.; GERHARD L. BACH, M.D.; TRUMAN O. ANDERSON, M.D., PH.D.
Among 65 consecutive patients with serous nonrheumatoid pleural effusions, the pleural fluid contained rheumatoid factor (RF) or rheumatoid factor-like activity at a titer of ≧ 1:160 in 41% of patients with bacterial pneumonia, 20% of patients with carcinoma, and 14% of patients with tuberculosis. From 6% to 15% of patients with these diseases showed RF in the pleural fluid to titers of 1:1280.
The occurrence of this antibody in pleural fluid cannot be considered specifically related to rheumatoid disease.
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LEVINE H, SZANTO M, GRIEBLE HG, BACH GL, ANDERSON TO. Rheumatoid Factor in Nonrheumatoid Pleural Effusions. Ann Intern Med. 1968;69:487–492. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-3-487
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;69(3):487-492.
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