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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 156-157
Microfilaria in pleural fluid

Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

Date of Web Publication29-Jun-2011

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Viroj Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.82458

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I read the work on the microfilaria detection in pleural fluid with great interest. [1],[2] Gowrinath raised an interesting question and concern on the technique for determination.[2] Indeed, Garg used a simple technique, and the finding of filarial parasite by this technique is usually accidental. However, the problem is whether this simple technique can effectively exclude the other possible co-morbidity such as malignancy. It is of no doubt that the co-presentation between malignancy and filarial infection is possible. [3] It might be that the determination of filarial parasite in pleural fluid is not an acceptable gold standard.

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1.Garg R. Author's reply. Ann Thorac Med 2011;6:47.   Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Gowrinath K. Filarial pleural effusion. Ann Thorac Med 2011;6:46-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
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3.Singh SK, Pujani M, Pujani M. Microfilaria in malignant pleural effusion: an unusual association. Indian J Med Microbiol 2010;28:392-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
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