Annals of Thoracic Medicine
: 2011  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 156--157

Microfilaria in pleural fluid

Viroj Wiwanitkit 
 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

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Viroj Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok

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Wiwanitkit V. Microfilaria in pleural fluid.Ann Thorac Med 2011;6:156-157

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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.


1Garg R. Author's reply. Ann Thorac Med 2011;6:47.
2Gowrinath K. Filarial pleural effusion. Ann Thorac Med 2011;6:46-7.
3Singh SK, Pujani M, Pujani M. Microfilaria in malignant pleural effusion: an unusual association. Indian J Med Microbiol 2010;28:392-4.