oa South African Medical Journal - Pleural effusions among rural Bantu - pleural biopsy in the diagnosis of tuberculosis

Volume 38, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Positive biopsy evidence of tuberculosis was obtained in 16% of a series of 115 pleural effusions among a rural Bantu population, and tuberculosis was established by other means in a further 8'10' In spite of the frequency of parenchymal lung tuberculosis among this group, it would appear that only 24% of pleural effusions were tuberculous-a proportion no higher than among White people in England and the USA.

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