Revista Cubana de Medicina
versión On-line ISSN 1561-302X
PAEZ PRATS, Isidoro A.; PINO ALFONSO, Pedro P.; RODRIGUEZ VAZQUEZ, Juan C. y GASSIOT NUNO, Carlos. Derrame pleural: marcadores bioquímicos en el enfoque diagnóstico. Rev cubana med [online]. 1998, vol.37, n.2, pp. 93-99. ISSN 1561-302X.
The main characteristics of the normal pleural fluid, as well as the different mechanisms leading to the formation of a pleural effusion were described. A diagnostic strategy was presented starting from the separation of transudates and exudates. Their diagnostic criteria were also defined. Those biochemical markers that are most commonly used in the medical practice were reviewed, and the utility of each of them for the diagnosis of different diseases causing pleural effusion was specified. The limitations of these markers and the importance of their rational use according to the clinical data of every case were explained.
Palabras llave : PLEURAL EFFUSION [diagnosis]; EXUDATES AND TRANSUDATES; BIOLOGICAL MARKERS [analysis].