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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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Empyema (Definition)

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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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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?

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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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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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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Can you tell me how to get a medical waiver for the navy (empyema)?

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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What are the chances of closing an eloesser flap for empyema?

Empyema: Do you mean an omental flap? Read plast reconstr surg. 1997 feb;99(2):437-42. ...Read more