Diagnostic value of interleukine-6, transforming growth factor-beta 1 and vascular endothelial growth factor in malignant pleural effusions.

STUDY OBJECTIVES We evaluate the accuracy of pleural interleukine-6 (IL-6), transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta1), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) levels for differentiating benign from malignant pleural exudates. PATIENTS AND METHODS Levels of IL-6, TGF-beta1, and VEGF were measured by ELISA in 103 patients with non neutrophilic… CONTINUE READING