Flashcards in *Brief Pleural Disease Deck (10)
Protein level in exudates?
Greater than 30g/L
What usually causes exudates?
Increased leakiness of capillaries secondary to infection, inflammation or malignancy
Protein level in transudate?
Less than 30g/L
Cases of transudates?
Increased venous pressure e.g. cardiac failure, pericarditis
Hypoproteinuria e.g. cirrhosis, malabsorption
Most likely not a chest problem
Investigations of pleural effusion?
What type of pleural effusion is straw coloured?
What does food particles in pleural effusion mean?
Oesophagus has ruptured
What does milky pleural effusion mean?
Treatment of pleural effusion?
Depends on cause e.g. HF = diuretics, infection = antibiotics and drain