[Pleural cholesterol: a useful determination].


The difference between exudates and transudates is the first question a clinician must solve when facing a pleural effusion. A great number of parameters have been tried without a definite efficacy of any of them. Cholesterol is an easy, useful determination for distinguishing exudates from transudates. In our series of 86 patients a cholesterol value of 50 mg/dl allowed us to correctly classify 94.2% of effusions. The ratio between pleural fluid cholesterol/serum cholesterol was more efficient because it permitted to correctly classify 97.7% of effusions, in one of those major groups which constitute the binomial exudate/transudate.

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@article{Arranz1991PleuralCA, title={[Pleural cholesterol: a useful determination].}, author={C Paredes Arranz and F{\'e}lix Del Campo Mat{\'i}as and Carlos Zamarr{\'o}n Sanz and E Guti{\'e}rrez Marie-Richard and Antonio Mart{\'i}nez Gimeno}, journal={Revista clínica española}, year={1991}, volume={189 1}, pages={3-7} }