Eosinophilic pleural effusion: a review of 36 cases

Respiration. 1985;48(1):73-6. doi: 10.1159/000194802.

Abstract

36 cases of eosinophilic pleural effusion (EPE) are reviewed. The etiologies were: traumatic 25%, congestive heart failure (CHF) 14%, infectious 8.5%, idiopathic 8.5% and miscellaneous 11%. 33% (12 patients) had a tumoral etiology, yet in only 1 patient could all additional etiologies for EPE be ruled out. Hence, the conclusion is that EPE is rarely caused by a tumoral etiology, and that other etiologies should be considered. The comparison of pleural fluid and peripheral blood findings disclosed no significant difference among the various subgroups.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Body Fluids / metabolism
  • Eosinophilia / blood
  • Eosinophilia / etiology*
  • Eosinophilia / metabolism
  • Eosinophilia / pathology
  • Eosinophils / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / complications
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pleural Effusion / blood
  • Pleural Effusion / etiology*
  • Pleural Effusion / metabolism
  • Pleural Effusion / pathology
  • Proteins / metabolism

Substances

  • Proteins