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Thorax 65:ii4-ii17 doi:10.1136/thx.2010.136978
  • BTS guidelines

Investigation of a unilateral pleural effusion in adults: British Thoracic Society pleural disease guideline 2010

Table 2

Diagnostically useful pleural fluid characteristics

Fluid Suspected disease
Putrid odour Anaerobic empyema
Food particles Oesophageal rupture
Bile stained Cholothorax (biliary fistula)
Milky Chylothorax/pseudochylothorax
‘Anchovy sauce’ like fluid Ruptured amoebic abscess

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