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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-4

Cultivation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from pleural tissue and its histopathology in suspected cases of tuberculous pleural effusion.


Department of Tuberculosis & Chest Diseases, G.S.V.M. Medical College, Kanpur

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S K Katiyar
Department of Tuberculosis & Chest Diseases, G.S.V.M. Medical College, Kanpur

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The majority of idiopathic pleural effusion are considered to be of tuberculous etiology. The culture of bacilli provide most authentic evidence of disease process. This study was carried out on 21 cases of suspected tuberculous pleural effusion. The pleural fluid and tissue was subjected for smear examination, and cultivation of tubercle bacilli along with pleural biopsy. Overall the diagnosis could be made out of 8 (38.09%) cases. The cultivation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from pleural tissue was more sensitive (33.33%) as compared to histopathology (19.05%). However, the triad of cultivation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from pleural tissue, pleural histopathology and pleural fluid smear examination or culture should be done in each suspected case of tuberculous effusion.


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