What is the treatment for tuberculous pleuritis?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Kamran Boka, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Tuberculous pleuritis is typically self-limited. However, because 65% of patients with primary tuberculous pleuritis reactivate their disease within five years, empiric anti-TB treatment is usually begun pending culture results when sufficient clinical suspicion is present, such as an unexplained exudative or lymphocytic effusion in a patient with a positive PPD finding.


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