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Acta bioquímica clínica latinoamericana

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CURI, Susana Mercedes et al. Usefulness of tumor markers in pleural fluids. Acta bioquím. clín. latinoam. [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.4, pp. 539-542. ISSN 0325-2957.

The diagnosis of pleural cancer is supported by the demonstration of neoplastic cells in pleural fluid or in pleural biopsies. However, even in malignancy there are a great number of false negatives results (30-60%). Tumor fluids. To establish the value of different tumor markers, frequently used in clinical laboratories, in the diagnosis of pleural fluids. 20 pleural fluids were processed for physical and chemical study, cellular counting, morphological examination (Papanicolaou stain) and electrochemiluminescense immunoassay for carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), CYFRA 21-1 and CA 125. The results were analysed by Kruskal-Wallis. In some cases, biopsies were performed. The samples were classified in four groups, and the median and rank were calculated in each case (CEA, CYFRA and CA 125). 1) Positive cytology with previous diagnosis of lung cancer (n: 5) 112 (2.3-1610), 134.4 (45.8-600), 1048 (498-2999) 2) Positive cytology with previous diagnosis of not-lung cancer(n: 4) 15.28 (1.1-93.80), 108.1 (7.42- 497.2),1827 (1103-14130), 3) Negative cytology with uncertain diagnosis (n: 4)1.89 (0.91- 2.96), 17.1 (1.5-29.6), 578.2 (27.8-12, 4) Inconclusive cytology with uncertain diagnosis (n: 7) 31.8 (1.28-370.2), 96.3 (23.8-860), 585 (94.4 -4584). There were stastistic differences among the four groups. Joining the cytology to the assays for tumor markers raised sensitivity by 25%. The assay for tumor markers can be a complementary tool in the diagnosis of effusions.

Palabras clave : Pleural cancer; Pleural fluid; Tumor markers; Carcinoembryonic antigen; CYFRA 21-1; CA 125.

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