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Intracytoplasmic Barium Salts in Pleural Fluid

Pathology , Volume 25 (4) – Jan 1, 1993

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Informa UK Ltd
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© 1993 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted
Subject
CaseReport Article
ISSN
0031-3025
eISSN
1465-3931
D.O.I.
10.3109/00313029309090870
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Intracytoplasmic Barium Salts in Pleural Fluid

Abstract

Cytological examination of the pleural effusion fluid obtained from a 66-yr-old Chinese lady showed numerous intra-and intracytoplasmic colourless refractile non-birefringent crystals. X-ray analysis of the crystals identified barium salts. On further inquiry, it was learnt that the fluid obtained had been placed in a specimen bottle provided by the x–ray department. This container was presumably contaminated with barium salts. The case highlights an unusual aspect of specimen contamination and the usefulness of x-ray analysis in the identification of crystals/substances.
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