A simple laboratory measurement for discrimination of transudative and exudative pleural effusion: Pleural viscosity

Yetkin O., Tek I., Kaya A., Ciledag A., Numanoglu N.

RESPIRATORY MEDICINE, cilt.100, sa.7, ss.1286-1290, 2006 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 100 Konu: 7
  • Basım Tarihi: 2006
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.rmed.2005.10.010
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1286-1290


Background: The initial step in establishing the cause of an effusion is to determine whether the fluid is a transudate or exudate. Plasma viscosity is influenced by the concentration of plasma proteins and lipoproteins with the major contribution resulting from fibrinogen. In this study we aimed to evaluate the role of pleural fluid viscosity in discrimination of transudate and exudates.