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WBC in Pleural Fluid

 
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White Blood Cells

  • Causes of WBC in Pleural Fluid

  • Infection - parapneumonic effusion, TB
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Malignancy
  • Interpretation

  • >50% neutrophils - parapneumonic effusion, PE, pancreatitis
  • >80% lymphocytes - TB or lymphoma
  • >10% eosinophils - pneumothorax, haemothorax, drug reaction, Churg-Strauss
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