Pleural effusions in the atypical pneumonias.


Patients with atypical pneumonias, whether caused by bacterial, fungi, or viruses are associated with pleural effusions. The effusions generally are small and ipsilateral to the parenchymal infiltrate. Usually, the pleural fluid is a serous exudate with a predominance of mononuclear cells. The pleural fluid glucose and, presumably, the pleural fluid pH are… (More)


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