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The accumulation of fluid in the pleural space is a common manifestation of a wide range of disease. This review provides a structured approach to the investigation of the patient with a pleural effusion. This should allow an accurate diagnosis to be made with the minimum number of invasive and time-consuming investigations.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/bmb/ldh040

Type

Journal article

Journal

Br Med Bull

Publication Date

2004

Volume

72

Pages

31 - 47

Keywords

Autoimmune Diseases, Chylothorax, Connective Tissue Diseases, Echinococcosis, Glucose, Humans, Hydrogen-Ion Concentration, Mesothelioma, Neoplasms, Pleural Effusion, Tuberculosis