Is a patient with a tuberculous pleural effusion regarded as being infectious?

I'm not sure if a patient with pleural effusion caused by TB is regarded as infectious. Does anybody have any evidence that it is regarded as such?

Authored By Lisa Caldrick on Tuesday 2nd October 2012


Medical Student
Posted almost 8 years ago

The answer to this question depends really on interpretation of your question; I hope therefore that I have intrepreted it correctly.

Involvement of the pleura is manifested by two different mechanisms; (1) early TB where organisms may invade t