Joseph Scerbo, M.D.; Harold Keltz, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Daniel J. Stone, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The study was designed to evaluate the usefulness of performing pleural biopsy in every patient with pleural disease, regardless of the presence of fluid. A total of 211 biopsies were performed in 161 patients, using the Abrams needle technic. Routine histologic examination of all biopsy specimens was done and special staining where indicated. In the last 59 specimens, culture in 7H 9 liquid media was routinely performed. The results demonstrated that a positive histologic diagnosis can be obtained on first biopsy attempt in 24% of patients. A second biopsy, at a 10 to 14 day interval, increased the yield by
Scerbo J, Keltz H, Stone DJ. A Prospective Study of Serially Performed Pleural Biopsies.. Ann Intern Med. 1970;72:809. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-809_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):809.
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