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Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia

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Abstract

SEISCENTO, Márcia; CONDE, Marcus Barreto  and  DALCOLMO, Margareth Maria Pretti. Tuberculous pleural effusions. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2006, vol.32, suppl.4, pp.S174-S181. ISSN 1806-3756.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-37132006000900003.

Tuberculous pleural effusion is a common manifestation of the primary form of the disease or consequence of the reactivation of a latent infection due to the M. tuberculosis. Advances in the laboratory methods have contributed to better diagnose and understand the pathophysiology of the effusion secondary to tuberculosis. However, although a predominant lymphocytic pleural effusion is suspicious of tuberculosis, a diagnostic routine shall be instituted to orient treatment and prevent undesirable sequels.

Keywords : Tuberculosis, pleural [physiopathology]; Pleural effusion [physiopathology]; Tuberculosis, pleural [epidemiology]; Pleural effusion [epidemiology]; Biopsy.

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