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My sister had pleural empyema in a collapsed lung. The doctor avoided thoracotomy as being underweight, she might not cope with the anesthesia. What should I do?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You can get really sick from it if not taken out emergently. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: They are the same thing.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer