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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is empyema?

Bacterial infection of the lining the lungs with a collection of pus in the space surrounding the lungs. It can be caused by infections or a tear in the food pipe (esophagus).

Symptoms of empyema

  • Fever

  • Chest pain

  • Phlegm

  • Purulent sputum

  • Upper back pain

  • Cough

  • Back pain

  • Feeling cold or shivering

Questions your doctor may ask to check for empyema

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose empyema

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have any chest pain?

  • Do you have phlegm?

  • Do you have pain in the upper back?

  • Do you have a cough?

Treatment for empyema

Treatment aims to cure the infection and remove the pus. Antibiotics are prescribed to control the infection. Often, a needle or tube procedure may be needed to remove the pus. In some cases, surgery to remove part of the lung lining may be needed.

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References

  • Godfrey MS, Bramley KT, Detterbeck F. Medical and Surgical Management of Empyema. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 Jun;40(3):361-374. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1694699. Epub 2019 Sep 16. PMID: 31525811.

    https://www.thieme-connect.de/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-0039-1694699

  • Miller JI. Empyema thoracis. Ann Thorac Surg. 1990 Sep;50(3):343-4. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(90)90470-q. PMID: 2400250.

    https://www.annalsthoracicsurgery.org/article/0003-4975(90)90470-Q/pdf

  • Wells FC. Empyema thoracis: what is the role of surgery? Respir Med. 1990 Mar;84(2):97-9. doi: 10.1016/s0954-6111(08)80009-1. PMID: 2196642.

    https://www.resmedjournal.com/article/S0954-6111(08)80009-1/pdf

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