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Risk Factors for High Mesothelial Cell Counts in HIV-negative Patients With Tuberculous Pleural Effusion

Journal of the Formosan Medical Association 109(6):456 (2010) PMID 20610147

Background/Purpose Higher mesothelial cell counts (HM) greater than 5% of total cell counts in tuberculous pleural effusions (TBPE) have been described in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients, however the nature and risk factors in HIV-negative patients with TBPE are unknown. The purpose of the study was to characterize the clinical manifestation of HM in HIV-negative patients with TBPE and evaluate the risk factors of developing HM-TBPE.

DOI: 10.1016/S0929-6646(10)60077-0