Role of biochemical tests in the diagnosis of large pericardial effusions.

@article{Burgess2002RoleOB,
  title={Role of biochemical tests in the diagnosis of large pericardial effusions.},
  author={Lesley Jean Burgess and Helmuth Couper Ian Reuter and Joshua Joachim Fransua Taljaard and A. F. Doubell},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2002},
  volume={121 2},
  pages={
          495-9
        }
}
STUDY OBJECTIVES To determine the biochemical characteristics of large pericardial effusions in various disease states, and to assess their utility as diagnostic tools. SETTING An academic university hospital in the Western Cape, South Africa. DESIGN Consecutive, prospective case series. PATIENTS One hundred ten hospital patients > 12 years old, who presented to the echocardiography department with large pericardial effusions, and 12 control subjects who underwent open-heart surgery… CONTINUE READING

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