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Do lots of people get empyema, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
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 (put simply) "leaks" from the surface of the lung into the chest cavity. It is a serious complication of pneumonia, and needs to be recognized, diagnosed, and treated promptly.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Not uncommon: Unfortunately not uncommon, but, with early recognition, proper drainage, re-expansion of lung, and treatment of underlying cause, it is very treatable. These links may help: http://goo.Gl/5dncp.

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