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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 302  

Comments: Pleuroscopy in undiagnosed exudative pleural effusion

1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

Date of Web Publication28-Jul-2012

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The recent report on "pleuroscopy in undiagnosed exudative pleural effusion" is quite interesting. [1] Prabhu and Narasimhan concluded that, "Pleuroscopy is a safe, simple, and valuable tool in the diagnosis of undiagnosed exudative pleural effusion with minimal complication rates. [1]" Indeed, the use of pleuroscopy can have both advantage and disadvantage. At least, this test is not an actual non-invasive test. With no doubt, this procedure should be the final choice for approach. [2] In this report, no serious complication could be seen, which might be due to selection bias. It has to be used by trained practitioners. [3] Despite manipulation by expert, the reported complication rate is still up to 5 %. [3]

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1.Prabhu VG, Narasimhan R. The role of pleuroscopy in undiagnosed exudative pleural effusion. Lung India 2012;29:128-30.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.McGrath EE, Anderson PB. Diagnosis of pleural effusion: A systematic approach. Am J Crit Care 2011;20:119-27.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Michaud G, Berkowitz DM, Ernst A. Pleuroscopy for diagnosis and therapy for pleural effusions. Chest 2010;138:1242-6.  Back to cited text no. 3

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