Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
 Open access journal indexed with Index Medicus & EMBASE  
     Home | Subscribe | Feedback  

PAPERS
[View FULLTEXT] [Download PDF
 
Year : 1993  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 190-3  

Exudative pleural effusions in patients over forty years of age--an analysis of seventy-six patients.

PP Prabhudesai, AA Mahashur, N Mehta, R Ajay 
 Dept of Chest Medicine, KEM Hospital, Parel, Bombay, Maharashtra.

Correspondence Address:
P P Prabhudesai
Dept of Chest Medicine, KEM Hospital, Parel, Bombay, Maharashtra.

A prospective study of 76 consecutive patients over the age of 40 years, with exudative pleural effusion, was undertaken to determine the common causes of such a clinical condition. Malignant pleural effusions were the most common in this series, found in 49 patients (64.47%), all but one being metastatic from elsewhere. Forty were secondary to a carcinoma of the bronchus, 3 from carcinoma of the breast, 1 each from carcinoma of the ovary, oesophagus, and larynx; lymphoma accounted for the remaining 2. Infective causes accounted for 24 of the effusions (31.57%). Of the infections, tuberculosis was the most common, accounting for 17 of the 24. Other infective causes included bacterial empyemas in 4, ruptured amoebic liver abscess in 2, and actinomycosis in 1. Pancreatitis, pulmonary thromboembolism, and a post-cardiotomy syndrome were diagnosed in 1 patient each, while the diagnosis remained unknown in the remaining 5 patients. In 2 patients the diagnosis was made on autopsy.


How to cite this article:
Prabhudesai P P, Mahashur A A, Mehta N, Ajay R. Exudative pleural effusions in patients over forty years of age--an analysis of seventy-six patients. J Postgrad Med 1993;39:190-3


How to cite this URL:
Prabhudesai P P, Mahashur A A, Mehta N, Ajay R. Exudative pleural effusions in patients over forty years of age--an analysis of seventy-six patients. J Postgrad Med [serial online] 1993 [cited 2022 Sep 28 ];39:190-3
Available from: https://www.jpgmonline.com/article.asp?issn=0022-3859;year=1993;volume=39;issue=4;spage=190;epage=3;aulast=Prabhudesai;type=0


 
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
 Site Map | Home | Contact Us | Feedback | Copyright  and disclaimer