South African Medical Journal

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Serous Effusions: An attempt at a clinical pathological correlation

KP Mokhobo


One hundred and three serous fluid examinations were analysed to try to discover a simple formula whereby a pathological and/or aetiological diagnosis may be made without recourse to multiple, invasive, sophisticated QC expensive procedures. It was hoped also to find features which would identify effusions arising from similar mechanisms. These hopes were not fulfilled. Instead, the study prompts a re-examination of traditional concepts on the question of transudates and exudates, as occurs in our group of patients belonging to the Swazi nation. The literature, with relevant points on the issue in general, is examined.

S. Afr. Med. J. 48, 865 (1974).

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