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Submitted: 16 May 2007 Modified: 22 January 2019
HERDIN Record #: PCHRDPC960687

Pleural effusion without symptoms; causes and management considerations.

 Barzaga R,
 Ilagan VV,
 Mendoza M

In order to determine the frequency of patients with asymptomatic pleural (APE) from among patients with pleural effusion and the conditions that cause this variety and its management considerations, we review the chart of patients with pleural effusion who underwent thoracentesis from January 1992 - January 1994 and were divided into 2 groups based on the absence (APE) or presence (SPE) of symptoms. Frequency of APE was established at 22% from among patients with pleural effusion. Causes include malignancy, PTB, pneumonia and CHF. Exudative type of fluid was predominant. In conclusion, frequency of APE was significant and spectrum of causes were similar to APE and SPE. Diagnostic evaluation does not differ for both. (Author)

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