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August 1970

Diagnosis of Tuberculous Pleurisy by Culture of Pleural Biopsy Specimen

Author Affiliations


From the Chest Service, Cook County Hospital, and the Department of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine (Dr. Levine); and the departments of pathology (Dr. Lacera) and bacteriology (Dr. Metzger, Miss Kay), Hek-; toen Institute of Medical Research, Cook County Hospital, Chicago.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(2):269-271. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310080075009

Pleural biopsy cultures for tubercle bacilli, performed on specimens from 63 consecutive patients with exudative pleural effusions, grew out Mycobacterium tuberculosis from the tissue of 16 patients. Twenty-one of the patients in the study were eventually proved to have tuberculous pleurisy. The rate of positive pleural biopsy cultures in proved cases was, therefore, 76%. When culture results of the

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