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Microbiological Characteristics according to Transudative and Exudative Effusion in Pleural Fluid Culture

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Annals of Clinical Microbiology (Ann Clin Microbiol) 2015 June, Volume 18, Issue 2, pages 52-55.

https://doi.org/10.5145/ACM.2015.18.2.52

Microbiological Characteristics according to Transudative and Exudative Effusion in Pleural Fluid Culture

Hyeun Gyeo Lee1, Gyu Yel Hwang1, Soon Deok Park1, Young Uh1, Juwon Kim1, Kap Jun Yoon1, Won-Yeon Lee2
Departments of 1Laboratory Medicine and 2Internal Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea

Abstract

A total of 1,132 pleural fluid culture results obtained from October 2012 to July 2014 were analyzed to elucidate the microbiological characteristics according to transudative and exudative pleural fluid. The pleural fluid cultures were performed using aerobic and anaerobic blood culture bottles. The blood and pleural fluid for total protein, lactate dehydrogenase, and glucose measurement were submitted to laboratory at the same time with pleural fluid cultures. The rates for culture positivity, anaerobes isolation, and polymicrobials between transudative and exudative pleural fluid were 5.2% vs. 10.4%, 14.8% vs. 7.8%, and 14.8% vs. 10.9%. (Ann Clin Microbiol 2015;18:52-55)

Keywords

Anaerobe, Culture, Exudate, Pleural fluid, Transudate