Fluorescence microscopy of mycobacteria in pleural effusions

Thomas Küpper, C. Gore, R. Gore, K. Wehle, S. Marzahn, P. Pfitzer

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    The diagnostic advantage of fluorescence microscopy (FM) of Papanicolaou-stained cytological specimens obtained by bronchoscopy has been described previously. This study was designed to evaluate the method's diagnostic benefit in cytological preparations of pleural effusions in cases of active pulmonary tuberculosis. In contrast to bronchial material there is no advantage in cytological evaluation of pleural effusions by FM.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)303-307
    Number of pages4
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1999


    • Fluorescence microscopy
    • Mycobacteria
    • Papanicolaou staining
    • Pleural effusion
    • Tuberculosis


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