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Empyema (Definition)

Empyema = Fluid & pus in a body ...Read more


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I was wondering what are the differences between pleural effusion and empyema?

I was wondering what are the differences between pleural effusion and empyema?

Pus/fluid: Empyema is pus in the chest or a purulent effusion and an effusion is a fluid collection, may be serous, purulent, hemorrhagic, para pneumonic. ...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 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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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 doctors see a lot of patients with empyema?

Not really...: 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. ...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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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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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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What are the differences between an empyema and a pyothorax?

They are the same: When you have an infection in the chest cavity or pleural space, it's called an empyema. It can be caused by bacteria, fungi, mycobacteria, and rarely viruses. The term pyothorax, refers to puss in the pleural space. It is essentially the same thing, but that term is no longer used. ...Read more

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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?

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 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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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 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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