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Cancer. 1981 Dec 1;48(11):2524-7.

Pleural effusion in breast carcinoma: analysis of 122 cases.


One-hundred-twenty-two patients with breast carcinoma and pleural effusion were analyzed for the laterality of effusion and survival. Ipsilateral effusion occurred in 83% of the patients. The median survival of these patients was six months after the onset of effusion. Systemic therapy is recommended even in the absence of other evidence of metastases.

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