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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience in Internal Medicine
Empyema...: Empyema is when there is pus in the space surrounding the lung, between the lung and chest wall. It often needs to be drained as well as treated with ... Read More

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Drain completely: Sometimes this can be accomplished with a simple chest tube, but often, empyema must be treated by a surgery, sometimes multiple surgeries, to literal ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Drainage: Empyema or pus in the space around the outside of the lungs usually needs drainage and treatment with antibiotics directed against the causative agent ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angelina Postoev md facs
16 years experience in General Surgery
Infection in chest: Empyema means there is infection/ pus inside chest cavity. Unlike pneumonia which is inside lungs. This is around the lung. Empyema may require surg ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
37 years experience in Thoracic Surgery
Culture fluid : Usually start with a ct scan, followed by aspiration of fluid from the pleural space to see if it's infected.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
It depends: The signs and symptoms of empyema vary somewhat according to the location of the infection and its severity. In empyema thoracis, patients usually exh ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Somehwere in between: Though less common than before antibiotics, empyema is a common problem in pulmonary and surgical practices, and it can result from pneumonia that (pu ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Empyema: Empyema = Fluid & pus in a body cavity due to infection.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Infection: Empyema (to be distinguished from emphysema) is an infection in the space around the lung, known as the pleural cavity. It has to be drained in order ... Read More
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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Empyema: Do you mean an omental flap? Read plast reconstr surg. 1997 feb;99(2):437-42.

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