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Table 2 Laboratory and radiographic findings of the patients with tuberculous pleurisy

From: In-hospital outcome of patients with culture-confirmed tuberculous pleurisy: clinical impact of pulmonary involvement

  Isolated pleurisy group (N = 51) Pleuro-pulmonary group(N = 154) p value
Positive AFB in PE 1 (2%) 4 (8%) 1.000
Receiving pleura biopsy 35 (69%) 51 (33%) < 0.001
   Granulomatous inflammation 25 (71%) 40 (78%) 0.458
Pretreatment resistance pattern    
   Anyone-drug resistance 5 (10%) 14 (9%) 0.837
Isoniazid 4 (8%) 13 (8%) 0.931
Rifampicin 1 (2%) 3 (2%) 0.977
Ethambutol 2 (4%) 4 (3%) 0.605
   Multidrug resistance 1 (2%) 3 (2%) 0.977
Radiographic findings    
   Bilateral lesions 5 (10%) 61 (40%) < 0.001
   Loculated PE 22 (43%) 23 (15%) < 0.001
PE analysis    
   Leukocyte (/μL) 3016 [5297] 1938 [4649] 0.239
   Lymphocyte (%) 82 [24] 75 [25] 0.092
   Neutrophil (%) 11 [18] 17 [21] 0.096
   Total protein (g/dL) 4.6 [1.0] 4.2 [3.1] 0.264
   Lactate dehydrogenase (U/L) 965 [593] 1166 [1837] 0.292
   Glucose (mg/dL) 87 [42] 104 [62] 0.202
Blood tests    
   Leukocyte > 11000 or < 4000/μL 6 (12%) 29 (19%) 0.286
   Anemia 21 (41%) 98 (60%) 0.003
   Albumin < 3.5 g/dL 19 (37%) 83 (54%) 0.007
   Total bilirubin > 1.2 mg/dL 5 (10%) 20 (13%) 0.800
  1. AFB = acid-fast bacilli, PE = pleural effusion
  2. Data are no. (%) or mean [SD]
  3. * Hemoglobin < 12 g/dL in men or < 11 g/dL in women was considered anemia.