Limited additive value of pleural fluid carcinoembryonic antigen level in malignant pleural effusion.

OBJECTIVE To assess the additive value of pleural fluid carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA.PF) level in the diagnosis of malignant pleural effusion. METHODS Thoracentesis and closed pleural biopsy were performed in consecutive patients with pleural effusions. CEA.PF, cell analysis, and biochemical, cytopathologic and microbiologic studies were carried out… CONTINUE READING