4 doctors weighed in:
How do you treat empyema?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Agree
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: Agree
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
Thank
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