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Is empyema curable?

With right treatment

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This is a collection of pus between the lung and the inner lining of the chest wall. Usually caused by an infection. Treatment is to cure the infection and drain the pus though antibiotics and placement of a chest tube. Sometimes a surgeon might need to peel away the linings of the lung if the lung can't expand (stuck). With proper treatment and time, patient should recover fully.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard answered:

What is an empyema ?

Pus in chest

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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
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Dr. Joel Gallant answered:

tb with pleura empyema?

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How can I treat empyema?

Drain completely

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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.
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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

How do you treat empyema?

Drainage

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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.
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What are the tests for empyema?

Culture fluid

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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered:

What are the most common symptoms of empyema?

Fever...

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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.
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Do doctors see a lot of patients with empyema?

Not really...

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Empyema is pus in the space surrounding the lung. It usually requires drainage with a chest tube as well as antibiotic therapy. Fortunately, this is not a very common occurrence.
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Do lots of people get empyema, or is it unusual?

Somehwere in between

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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.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard answered:

Does anyone know what is empyema plus bronchitis?

A continuum

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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
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