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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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