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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-19

Use of fibreoptic bronchoscopy in increasing diagnostic yield in smear negative tubercular pleural effusion

Department of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, Pt. B.D. Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak (Haryana)., India

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K B Gupta
6J/18, Medical Enclave, Pt. B.D. Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak-124001 (Haryana).
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-2113.44197

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Setting: Department of Tuberculosis and Respiratory diseases, Pt. B.D. Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak. Aim: Study was carried out to evaluate the diagnostic yield of fibreoptic bronchos­copy in patients of smear negative tubercular pleural effusion. Methodology: Flexible fibreoptic bronchoscopy under local anaesthesia was car­ried out and bronchoalveolar lavage was stained by Z-N staining for AFB and en­dobronchial biopsy was sent for histopathological examination and direct staining for AFB. Results: Endobronchial abnormalities were visualised in nearly 50% cases in right sided pleural effusion and 38% cases in left sided pleural effusion. Bronchoalveolar lavage was positive for AFB in 8% of cases. Endobronchial biopsy for histopathol­ogy and staining for AFB was positive in 12% of cases. Conclusion: Flexible fibreoptic bronchoscopy is very safe and novel technique in increasing bacteriological yield of patients with tubercular pleural effusion.

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