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Tuberculous (TB) pleurisy can cause clinical symptoms and pleural fibrosis with resultant residual pleural thickening (RPT). Therapeutic thoracentesis or initial complete drainage in addition to anti-TB drugs have been tried to rapidly relieve dyspnea caused by effusion and to decrease the occurrence of RPT. However, contradictory results are reported without clear reasons. The researchers' hypothesis is that, in addition to anti-TB medications, early effective evacuation of inflammatory exudates with or without fibrinolytic agents may hasten resolution of pleural effusion, reduce the occurrence of RPT and finally improve long-term functional outcome in patients with TB pleurisy.
Chest radiography, daily monitoring of the volume of fluid drained, the time needed for resolution of fever and dyspnea, and total amounts of fluid drained, and the length of chest drainage and hospitalization [ Time Frame: baseline, daily after treatment within admission ]
Secondary Outcome Measures
Chest radiography and pulmonary function testing with spirometry [ Time Frame: At discharge and at 2, 4, 6, and 12 months ]
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Ages Eligible for Study:
16 Years and older (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Diagnosis of tuberculous pleurisy
History of invasive procedures directed into the pleural cavity
Recent severe trauma, hemorrhage, or stroke; bleeding disorder or anticoagulant therapy