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Pleural empyema in infants and children: analysis of 298 cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6471117     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Of 298 infants and children with empyema thoracis seen, 62 percent were under 2 years of age. The majority of the cases had underlying pulmonary infection, and Staphylococcus aureus was dominant among the organisms isolated. The diagnosis was made in all cases on the basis of chest x-ray films and thoracentesis. Full expansion of the lung and resolution of the underlying pneumonia occurred on administration of appropriate antibiotics and catheter drainage in all cases except in two patients who had decortication. The mortality rate was 5 percent; delayed presentation and suboptimal prehospitalization antibiotics influenced the morbidity.
A O Adeyemo; O Adeyujigbe; O O Taiwo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the National Medical Association     Volume:  76     ISSN:  0027-9684     ISO Abbreviation:  J Natl Med Assoc     Publication Date:  1984 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-10-16     Completed Date:  1984-10-16     Revised Date:  2010-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503090     Medline TA:  J Natl Med Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  799-805     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
Child, Preschool
Empyema / drug therapy,  etiology,  radiography*
Infant, Newborn
Sputum / microbiology
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0/Anti-Bacterial Agents

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