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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of the 11 patients with parasitic pleural infestation

From: Retrospective study of pleural parasitic infestations: a practical diagnostic approach

Patient No. Chief complaint (duration) Misdiagnosis Exposure history Peripheral blood Pleural effusion
WBC (× 10 [9]/L) Eos (×10 [9]/L) LDH (U/L) ADA (U/L) Protein (g/dL) CEA (ng/mL) Eos (%)
1 Chest pain (6 mth); shortness of breath (2 mth) PPE Unknown 7.33 0.872 346 8.2 30.9 0.28 15.3
2 Chest pain (12 mth); shortness of breath (2 mth) TPE Unknown 4.61 0.337 125 6.9 88.1 0.67 10.5
3 Chest pain, shortness of breath (6 mth) TPE Raw fish ingestion 7.4 0.799 150 2.2 36.9 0.69 14.5
4 Cough, shortness of breath (1 mth) TPE Unknown 4.6 0.736 367 3.4 45.3 2.03 19.7
5 Fever (12 d) PPE Unknown 4.7 0.611 128 6.7 43.2 4.8 13.5
6 Fever (3 wk) IEPE Unknown 7.4 1.450 61 0.1 21.9 0.5 10.8
7 Cough, hemoptysis, fever (2 d) PTE Raw freshwater crab ingestion 12.7 0.340 587 19.1 43.1 1.74 30.2
8 Cough, shortness of breath (4 mth) IEPE Unknown 16.7 5.778 667 10.8 47.4 0.3 22.5
9 Cough, excessive sputum (24 mth); fever (1 mth) IEPE Raw freshwater crab ingestion 18.8 9.926 564 19 45 2.4 41
10 shortness of breath (6 mth);, cough (1 mth) PPE Raw wild boar meat ingestion 6.8 0.380 457 23.1 42.1 4.2 14.0
11 Fever, chest pain (2 wk) PE Unknown 11.8 0.472 268 28.2 36.3 2.7 22.1
  1. Abbreviations: ADA, Adenosine deaminase; CEA, Carcinoembryonic antigen; d, day; Eos, Eosinophils; IEPE, Idiopathic eosinophilic pleural effusion; LDH, Lactate dehydrogenase; mth, months; PE, Pulmonary embolism; PPE, Parapneumonic pleural effusion; TPE, Tuberculosis pleural effusion; WBC, White blood cell; wk., weeks