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

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

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 more

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How can I treat empyema?

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 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 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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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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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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Is empyema curable?

With right treatment: 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. ...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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