Eosinophilic pleural effusion: A review of 36 cases

A. J. Wysenbeek, M. Lahav, J. A. Aelion, L. Kaufmann

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36 cases of eosinophilic pleural effusion (EPE) are reviewed. The etiologies were: traumatic 25%, congestive heart failure (CHF) 14%, infectious 8.5%, idiopathic 8.5% and miscellaneous 11%. 33% (12 patients) had a tumoral etiology, yet in only 1 patient could all additional etiologies for EPE be ruled out. Hence, the conclusion is that EPE is rarely caused by a tumoral etiology, and that other etiologies should be considered. The comparison of pleural fluid and peripheral blood findings disclosed no significant difference among the various subgroups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


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