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Microsatellite analysis of pleural supernatants could increase sensitivity of pleural fluid cytology

Woenckhaus, Matthias ; Grepmeier, Ulrike ; Werner, Bernhard ; Schulz, Christian ; Rockmann, Felix ; Wild, Peter J. ; Röckelein, Georg ; Blaszyk, Hagen ; Schuierer, Marion ; Hofstaedter, Ferdinand ; Hartmann, Arndt ; Dietmaier, Wolfgang


Pleural effusions may result from various inflammatory, hemodynamic, or neoplastic conditions. A common diagnostic problem lies in distinguishing malignant from benign pleural effusions using routine cytological evaluation. We studied pleural fluid samples obtained from 14 patients with histologically confirmed malignancy and from 6 patients with benign pleural effusions using 12 microsatellite ...


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