Table 2

Outcome of pigtail drainage in patients with tuberculous pleurisy

Drainage group (n=30)No drainage group (n=31)p value
IQR=interquartile range; FVC=forced vital capacity.
*Mann-Whitney U test. †χ2 test
Median (IQR) days of fever0 (0–6)0 (0–5)0.769*
Median (IQR) days of dyspnoea4 (4–5)8 (7–16)<0.001*
Pleural thickening >2 mm (%)16 (53)16 (51)0.893†
Pleural thickening >10 mm (%)8 (26)8 (25)0.939†
Median (IQR) FVC % predicted85.5 (69–94)88 (78–96)0.568*