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ABSTRACT: A 49-year-old male who had been treated for pulmonary tuberculosis and tuberculous pleurisy in 2007 was referred to our hospital with the complaint of dyspnea on exertion in Nov. 2009. Chest X-ray showed increased pleural effusion compared with that remaining after the previous treatment of pleurisy in 2008. A chest CT revealed that fluid collection was surrounded by thickened pleura. Thoracocentesis was performed, and yellow milky liquid was obtained. The pleural effusion contained few cells. The triglyceride concentration was 83 mg/dl, and the cholesterol level was very high at 628 mg/dl. Based on these findings we diagnosed this case as chyliform pleural effusion. Both smear of acid-fast bacilli and PCR-TB test of the pleural effusion were positive, but culture was negative for mycobacterium, suggesting that this chyliform pleural effusion was produced by the former episode of tuberculous pleurisy, not by the recent reactivation of tuberculous pleurisy. The ADA concentration in the pleural effusion was high at 91.7 IU/l. No increase in the amount of pleural effusion was observed after thoracocentesis without any anti-tuberculosis therapy.
Kekkaku: [Tuberculosis] 02/2011; 86(2):57-60.