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How can I treat empyema?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Drain completely
Sometimes this can be accomplished with a simple chest tube, but often, empyema must be treated by a surgery, sometimes multiple surgeries, to literally peel the infected fluid off the surface of the lung (like a stale jello mold) and place a long term drain in the chest cavity.
Antibiotics are only a part of the picture. The primary treatment is to evacuate the infected closed space.

In brief: Drain completely
Sometimes this can be accomplished with a simple chest tube, but often, empyema must be treated by a surgery, sometimes multiple surgeries, to literally peel the infected fluid off the surface of the lung (like a stale jello mold) and place a long term drain in the chest cavity.
Antibiotics are only a part of the picture. The primary treatment is to evacuate the infected closed space.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Thank
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