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Dr. Angelina Postoev
Board Certified, General Surgery
12 years in practice
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What is empyema thoracis?

Dr. Angelina Postoev
Board Certified, General Surgery
12 years in practice
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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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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Empyema (Definition)

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
24 years in practice
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What are the most common symptoms of empyema?

Dr. Sue Ferranti
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
24 years in practice
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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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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
51 years in practice
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My husband's grandparent might have empyema. What is it?

Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
51 years in practice
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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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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
15 years in practice
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Do lots of people get empyema, or is it unusual?

Dr. Loki Skylizard
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
15 years in practice
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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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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
15 years in practice
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How can I treat empyema?

Dr. Loki Skylizard
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
15 years in practice
1M people helped
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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Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
51 years in practice
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How do you treat empyema?

Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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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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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
15 years in practice
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What is an empyema ?

Dr. Loki Skylizard
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
15 years in practice
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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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Dr. Willam Lau
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
5 years in practice
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I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of empyema?

Dr. Willam Lau
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
5 years in practice
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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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Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
51 years in practice
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What are the chances of closing an eloesser flap for empyema?

Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
51 years in practice
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Empyema: Do you mean an omental flap? Read plast reconstr surg. 1997 feb;99(2):437-42. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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Can you tell me how to get a medical waiver for the navy (empyema)?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

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