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Review of one hundred cases of empyema thoracis.
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PMID:  2680931     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One hundred cases of empyema thoracic have been reviewed. Aetiology of empyema was tubercular in 21 per cent cases and non-tubercular in 79 per cent cases. Gram negative organisms were cultured in 84.6% cases, whereas gram positive organisms were cultured only in 15.4% cases. It was observed that management of cases of empyema differed considerably with the presence or absence of BPF, thick or thin pus and size of empyema. It was concluded that all cases of simple empyema with thin pus and only those cases of simple empyema with thick pus where size of empyema is small should be managed by aspiration/s. Cases failed by above method, all cases of simple empyema with thick pus and with moderate to large size of empyema and all cases of empyema with BPF should be straightway managed by intercostal drainage tube connected to water seal. On the whole, cases of empyema with BPF were difficult to manage and needed major surgery in 45.8 per cent cases in comparison to only 2.9 per cent cases of simple empyema.
S K Gupta; J Kishan; S P Singh
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Indian journal of chest diseases & allied sciences     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0377-9343     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci     Publication Date:    1989 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-12-18     Completed Date:  1989-12-18     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7612044     Medline TA:  Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci     Country:  INDIA    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  15-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Empyema / diagnosis*,  etiology,  therapy
Empyema, Tuberculous / diagnosis,  therapy
Gram-Negative Bacteria / isolation & purification
Middle Aged

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