December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supp, Vol. 56, piii39
Academic Journal
This article presents various studies related to pleura. Analysis of pleural fluid is important in establishing the aetiology of pleural effusions. Ultrasound scanning improves not only the diagnosis of pleural effusion but also reduces complications of thoracocentesis. Despite this, it is likely that many effusions are not imaged other than plain x-ray because of time and financial reasons. Researchers have found that pleural ultrasound imaging performed by chest physicians at the bedside is feasible. After a brief period of training it is possible to scan all patients with pleural effusions.


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