When should tuberculous pleuritis be suspected in the workup for pleural effusion (fluid on the lungs)?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Kamran Boka, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Suspect tuberculous pleuritis in patients with a history of exposure or a positive PPD finding and in patients with lymphocytic exudative effusions, especially if less than 5% mesothelial cells are detected on differential cell counts.


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