Predictors of pleural malignancy in patients with pleural effusion undergoing thoracoscopy.

@article{Ferrer2005PredictorsOP,
  title={Predictors of pleural malignancy in patients with pleural effusion undergoing thoracoscopy.},
  author={Jaume Ferrer and Juan Rold{\'a}n and Joan Rod{\'e}s Teixidor and Esther Pallisa and Ignasi J Gich and Ferran Morell},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2005},
  volume={127 3},
  pages={
          1017-22
        }
}
STUDY OBJECTIVES Thoracoscopic pleural biopsy is highly accurate in the diagnosis of pleural malignancy. However, no scientific evidence is currently available to guide the physician's decision as to when and in which patients with pleural effusion thoracoscopy is indicated. The application of predictive criteria of malignancy might improve the indication of thoracoscopy in patients with undiagnosed pleural effusion. METHODS Prospective study of 93 patients referred for thoracoscopy at a… CONTINUE READING

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