Cholesterol effusion: A study of 2 cases

Nayak, Deepak M and Manohar, Chethan and Geetha, V and Magazine, Rahul (2015) Cholesterol effusion: A study of 2 cases. Medico Research Chronicles, 2 (2). pp. 183-186. ISSN 2394-3971

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Background: Cholesterol crystals in the third space fluid are due to a high concentration of cholesterol in the body cavity fluid. The aetiology of such an entity is wide-ranging. Objectives: a) To analyze the morphologic characteristics of two separate cases; in pleural and pericardial effusions due to long-standing tuberculosis and rheumatoid disease respectively. b) To study the aetiopathogenesis of these crystals and review the available literature in brief. Results: Both had an abundance of inflammatory cells and foamy macrophages along with birefringent cholesterol crystals. Conclusion: The body fluids with a cholesterol effusion have peculiar features. This should necessitate a thorough investigation into the underlying pathology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cholesterol crystals; pleural effusion; pericardial effusion; tuberculosis; rheumatoid disease.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Pathology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Pulmonary Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 09:29
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2015 09:29

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