oa South African Medical Journal - Needle biopsy of the pleura in Bantu mineworkers

Volume 43, Issue 28
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Using the Ramel pleural biopsy needle, 207 biopsies were done on 198 patients, resulting in the histological diagnosis of tuberculosis in 12 (64%) chronic non-specific pleuritis in 52 others (26%), and dense collagenous tissue with no obvious aetiology in 10 patient (5�5%).

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