Risk factors for high mesothelial cell counts in HIV-negative patients with tuberculous pleural effusion.
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.
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