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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Empyema (Overview)

Empyema = Fluid & pus in a body cavity due to infection.


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What are the most common symptoms of empyema?

What are the most common symptoms of empyema?

Fever...: Empyema is when there is pus in the space surrounding the lung. Patient's with empyema are usually ill with fever/chills, elevated white blood cell count, chest discomfort, coughing, perhaps shortness of breath. Treatment usually consists of chest tube drainage as well as antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
92 Doctors shared insights

Empyema (Overview)

Empyema = Fluid & pus in a body cavity due to infection.


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My 4 year old adopted brother has this as well as staphlocucus....Also has been diagnosed with empyema. I have been xposed. Am I contagious to others?

My 4 year old adopted brother has this as well as staphlocucus....Also has been diagnosed with empyema. I have been xposed. Am I contagious to others?

Workup/Management: Your brother has a bacterial infection treated with drainage and antibiotics. If the type of staph is MRSA it is more resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat Staph. It can be acquired through contact with infected fluids/skin. Staph is a bacteria commonly found on skin and it typically will not cause any problems. I would recommend a follow up HRCT scan. ...Read more

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What are the tests for empyema?

What are the tests for empyema?

Culture fluid: Usually start with a ct scan, followed by aspiration of fluid from the pleural space to see if it's infected. ...Read more

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Does anyone know what is empyema plus bronchitis?

Does anyone know what is empyema plus bronchitis?

A continuum: Empyema is a severe infection in the chest in which pus accumulates within the pleural space. Also known as pleural empyema, empyema thoracis and pyothorax. It will often develop as a consequence of a pneumonia. A fluid collection forms (parapneumonic effusion) and this fluid becomes infected. The treatment is to drain the pus, re-expand lung, and treat underlying infection. Http://goo. Gl/5dncp. ...Read more

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How can I treat empyema?

How can I treat empyema?

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 more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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What is an empyema?

What is an empyema?

Pus in chest: Pus within chest cavity, serious condition. With early recognition, proper drainage, re-expansion of lung, and treatment of underlying cause, it is very treatable. This link may help: http://goo. Gl/5dncp. ...Read more

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How can I treat empyema?

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 more

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How do you treat empyema?

How do you treat empyema?

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 (bacteria, tuberculosis, etc.). Sometimes surgical intervention may be necessary. ...Read more

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What is empyema thoracis?

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 surgical treatment. ...Read more

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What are the tests for empyema?

Culture fluid: Usually start with a ct scan, followed by aspiration of fluid from the pleural space to see if it's infected. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of empyema?

Fever...: Empyema is when there is pus in the space surrounding the lung. Patient's with empyema are usually ill with fever/chills, elevated white blood cell count, chest discomfort, coughing, perhaps shortness of breath. Treatment usually consists of chest tube drainage as well as antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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My husband's grandparent might have empyema. What is it?

My husband's grandparent might have empyema. What is it?

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 more

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What are the chances of closing an eloesser flap for empyema?

Empyema: Do you mean an omental flap? Read plast reconstr surg. 1997 feb;99 (2):437-42. ...Read more

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I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of empyema?

Fever: Fever is very common with empyema, but watch out for non productive cough, one sided chest pain especially with breathing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get a medical waiver for the navy (empyema)?

Empyema: "Empyema, including residual pleural effusion or unhealed sinuses of chest wall." is considered disqualifying. I don't know if this is a waiverable condition or not. Waiver requests are submitted via MEP's for conditions that may be waiverable.
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