Low glucose and pH levels in malignant pleural effusions. Diagnostic significance and prognostic value in respect to pleurodesis.

@article{RodrguezPanadero1989LowGA,
  title={Low glucose and pH levels in malignant pleural effusions. Diagnostic significance and prognostic value in respect to pleurodesis.},
  author={Francisco Rodr{\'i}guez-Panadero and J L{\'o}pez Mej{\^i}as},
  journal={The American review of respiratory disease},
  year={1989},
  volume={139 3},
  pages={663-7}
}
In order to determine the diagnostic and prognostic significance of low pleural glucose and pH levels, we executed a prospective study of these parameters and cytologic yield in 77 cases of malignant pleural effusions diagnosed from 116 consecutive thoracoscopies. The extension of the neoplasms detected by thoracoscopy as well as the results of our attempts to carry out pleurodesis by talc were also studied. Pleural glucose levels were less than 60 mg/dl in 16 cases, and the cytologic yield was… CONTINUE READING

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