Anales de Medicina Interna
versión impresa ISSN 0212-7199
SAUMOY, M. et al. Tuberculous chylothorax: case report and review of the literature. An. Med. Interna (Madrid) [online]. 2005, vol.22, n.5, pp.238-240. ISSN 0212-7199.
Chylothorax is an inusual manifestation of tuberculous disease. Anecdotal cases of chylothorax due to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis have been reported in the literature. We describe a case of tuberculous chylothorax and review the previously published cases. None of these cases was diagnosed by the aplication of polymerase chain reaction in pleural effusion. This test applaied to different specimenes has shown a high especificity and sensitivity; for this reason, the routin use of this test, on pleural effusion, could be very useful, quick, and few agressive in the diagnosis of tuberculous chylothorax, especially when chest X-ray is normal.
Palabras clave : Chylothorax; Tuberculosis; Polymerase chain reaction.