Accuracy of the physical examination in evaluating pleural effusion

Academic Article


  • A careful physical examination is a valuable and noninvasive means of assessing pleural effusion and should be routinely performed in every patient in whom this condition is suspected. Although physical examination is less accurate than ultrasonography or computed tomography in detecting a pleural effusion, the sensitivity and specificity of the different physical signs of pleural effusion may be comparable to those of conventional chest radiography.
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    Author List

  • Diaz-Guzman E; Budev MM
  • Start Page

  • 297
  • End Page

  • 303
  • Volume

  • 75
  • Issue

  • 4