A decision tree for differentiating tuberculous from malignant pleural effusions.

@article{Porcel2008ADT,
  title={A decision tree for differentiating tuberculous from malignant pleural effusions.},
  author={Jos{\'e} M Porcel and Carmen Alem{\'a}n and S. Yuste Bielsa and Javier Sarrapio and Tom{\'a}s Fern{\'a}ndez de Sevilla and Aureli Esquerda},
  journal={Respiratory medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={102 8},
  pages={1159-64}
}
OBJECTIVE To improve physicians' ability to discriminate tuberculous from malignant pleural effusions through a simple clinical algorithm that avoids pleural biopsy. DESIGN We retrospectively compared the clinical and pleural fluid features of 238 adults with pleural effusion who satisfied diagnostic criteria for tuberculosis (n=64) or malignancy (n=174) at one academic center (derivation cohort). Then, we built a decision tree model to predict tuberculosis using the C4.5 algorithm. The model… CONTINUE READING

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