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The presence of pleural fluid usually elicits a differential diagnosis centering about tuberculosis, tumor, pulmonary infarction, pneumonia, and heart failure. In this monograph, Drs. Sulavik and Katz discuss in considerable detail four other possibilities: pancreatitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, cirrhosis of the liver, and rheumatoid arthritis. They are particularly concerned lest unwarranted diagnoses of tuberculosis with effusion be made, and for this reason suggest a more aggressive investigative approach to the problem of pleural effusion.
This work comes from the nationally known chest service at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington, D. C., and is full of pearls previously unknown to
Pleural Effusion. Some Frequently Emphasized Causes.. Ann Intern Med. ;59:585. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-59-4-585_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(4):585.
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