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Causes Of Pleural Empyema
My sister had pleural empyema in a collapsed lung. The doctor avoided thoracotomy as being underweight, she might not cope with the anesthesia. What should I do?
Can you tell me in infants, pneumothorax, pneumatocele, and empyema are frequent complications of pneumonia caused by?
Rare complication: These are very rare and serious complications of pneumonia. First question - is the child immunized? Several organisms can cause this, including Strep pneumoniae and MRSA (methicillin resistant Staph aureus). If an infant is having such serious complications, the immune system will often be checked. Sometimes the bacteria is never recovered because the antibiotics given can alter culture results. ...Read more
Find early: The mainstay of treatment is early recognition, drainage, complete lung re-expansion, and targeted antibiotics. When indicated, modern thoracic surgical treatment of empyema uses minimally invasive techniques. Thoracotomy is often unnecessary (and potentially more dangerous) approach. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pus around lung: The lungs are surrounded by two thin tissue layers called pleura. There is a potential space between these layers which can accumulate fluid which may be infected, or inflamed in some fashion so as to attract white blood cells. When this happens it is called empyema. It may be treated with antibiotics and drainage with a needle, and sometimes require chest tube or more invasion surgically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You can get really sick from it if not taken out emergently. ...Read more
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