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Thorax 65:ii32-ii40 doi:10.1136/thx.2010.136994
  • BTS guidelines

Management of a malignant pleural effusion: British Thoracic Society pleural disease guideline 2010

Table 1

Primary tumour site in patients with malignant pleural effusion

Primary tumour site Salyer14 (n=95) Chernow1 (n=96) Johnston13 (n=472) Sears4 (n=592) Hsu12 (n=785) Total (%)
Lung 42 32 168 112 410 764 (37.5)
Breast 11 20 70 141 101 343 (16.8)
Lymphoma 11 75 92 56 234 (11.5)
Gastrointestinal 13 28 32 68 141 (6.9)
Genitourinary 13 57 51 70 191 (9.4)
Other 14 5 26 88 15 148 (7.8)
Unknown primary 17 13 48 76 65 219 (10.7)

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