RESPIRATORY MEDICINE, vol.106, no.8, pp.1177-1183, 2012 (SCI-Expanded)
Background: In patients with post-medical thoracoscopy histopathological diagnoses of fibrinous pleuritis, confusion can occur concerning subsequent procedures. This issue is particularly important in regions where mesothelioma is prevalent. We aimed to identify false negatives among patients where mesothelioma was common due to asbestos exposure whose histopathological diagnosis following thoracoscopy was fibrinous pleuritis. We also determined risk factors associated with patients that required additional advanced invasive procedures for diagnosis.