What are the Light's criteria for exudative pleural effusions?

Updated: Jul 02, 2019
  • Author: James J Lamberg, DO; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Abdominal fluid: Abscess in tissues near lung, ascites, Meigs syndrome, pancreatitis

  • Connective-tissue disease: Churg-Strauss disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Wegener granulomatosis

  • Endocrine: Hypothyroidism, ovarian hyperstimulation

  • Iatrogenic: Drug-induced, esophageal perforation, feeding tube in lung

  • Infectious: Abscess in tissues near lung, bacterial pneumonia, fungal disease, parasites, tuberculosis

  • Inflammatory: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), asbestosis, pancreatitis, radiation, sarcoidosis, uremia

  • Lymphatic abnormalities: Chylothorax, malignancy, lymphangiectasia

  • Malignancy: Carcinoma, lymphoma, leukemia, mesothelioma, paraproteinemia

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