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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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 literally peel the infected fluid off the surface of the lung (like a stale jello mold) and place a long term drain in the chest cavity. Antibiotics are only a part of the picture. The primary treatment is to evacuate the infected closed space. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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