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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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