Empyema of the thorax in adults. Etiology, microbiologic findings, and management.

@article{Alfageme1993EmpyemaOT,
  title={Empyema of the thorax in adults. Etiology, microbiologic findings, and management.},
  author={Inmaculada Alfageme and F Mu{\~n}oz and N. Montemayor Pe{\~n}a and Simone C. Umbria},
  journal={Chest},
  year={1993},
  volume={103 3},
  pages={
          839-43
        }
}
The etiology, microbiologic findings, and management of 82 episodes of empyema treated by our unit over a period of 6 years were analyzed. Average patient age was 54 years. Eighty-two percent had underlying disease such as alcoholism (29 percent), malignancy (23 percent), and diabetes mellitus (20 percent). Sixty (73 percent) had an empyema develop secondary to a bronchopulmonary infection. Other etiologies were as follows: infradiaphragmatic sepsis, five cases; iatrogenic, ten cases; and… 

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