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Exudative pleural effusion due to brucellosis in a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Authors
  • Zengi, Ayhan
  • Elmas, Funda
  • Tasbakan, Meltem
  • Basoglu, Ozen Kacmaz
  • Ozhan, Mustafa Hikmet
Type
Published Article
Journal
Tropical doctor
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2006
Volume
36
Issue
4
Pages
253–254
Identifiers
PMID: 17034714
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Pleural involvement is a rare presentation of brucellosis. We report a patient referred for the evaluation of fever, right-sided pleural effusion and hilar lymph node enlargement. The pleural fluid revealed exudative characteristics with the predominance of neutrophils. Brucella melitensis was isolated from bone marrow, pleural effusion and blood cultures. The diagnosis was also confirmed by demonstration of a high Brucella agglutinin titre. The patient was successfully treated with rifampicin and doxicycline for three months.

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