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Cytology pathology infective endocarditis

S Wongtim, U Silachamroon, K Ruxrungtham, V Udompanich, S Limthongkul, P Charoenlap, C Nuchprayoon
BACKGROUND: A study was undertaken to evaluate the diagnostic value of pleural fluid concentrations of interferon gamma (IFN-gamma) as a marker of tuberculosis. METHODS: Patients admitted to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital between April 1997 and January 1998 with a lymphocytic exudative pleural effusion were enrolled into the study. The pleural fluids were examined for cytology, staining for acid fast bacilli, and mycobacterial culture. Pathological examination and mycobacterial culture were performed on each pleural biopsy specimen...
October 1999: Thorax
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