Table 1

Patient population properties

PropertyN or mean%/SD
No131
Male sex7758.8
Mean age (years)65.614.1
History of malignancy5138.9
History of tuberculosis64.6
Smoking history (n=118)7160.2
Mean pack years in smokers2929
Right sided pleural effusion7154.2
Mean number of paracentesis1.50.8
Blind pleural biopsy97.2