SESSION TITLE: Disorders of the Pleura
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: Increased ADA levels in pleural fluid are reminiscent of tuberculous pleurisy. In practice, values above 40 IU/L in practice present levels of sensitivity and specificity > 90%. But at times, we experience extremly high levels of ADA in pleural effusion not tuberculosis. The difficulty of distingushing tuberculous pleurisy between empyema based on high level of ADA in pleural efffusion has motivated the alternative diagnostic strategy. We have evaluated the diagnostic value of pleural glucose, lactic dehydrogenase (LDH), carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA), neuron-specific enolase (NSE), amylase and each pleural fluid/serum ratio.