TITLE

Tuberculous Effusion Development in a Patient with Sarcoidosis During Corticosteroid Therapy

AUTHOR(S)
Yanarda, Halil; G�ne, Yilmaz
PUB. DATE
January 2003
SOURCE
Internet Journal of Pulmonary Medicine;2003, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p50
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A 47-year-old man was diagnosed as Löfgren's syndrome and corticosteroid therapy was started. On the seventh month of therapy a pleural effusion developed. Although no definite diagnosis could be made, anti-tuberculous therapy was started empirically. Three weeks later mycobacterium growth was detected on Löwenstein-Jensen culture. The patient recovered almost completely in 2 months with anti-tuberculous therapy. In a well controlled sarcoidosis patient who presents with pleural effusion, if other causes are excluded, it would be wise to start anti-tuberculous therapy since sarcoid pleural effusion is a rare form of disease which accompanies extensive disease and corticosteroid therapy renders patient vulnerable to tuberculosis.
ACCESSION #
9931100

 

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