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={I. Alfageme and F. Munoz and N. Pe{\~n}a and S. Umbr{\'i}a},
  journal={Chest},
  year={1993},
  volume={103 3},
  pages={
          839-43
        }
}
  • I. Alfageme, F. Munoz, +1 author S. Umbría
  • Published 1993
  • Medicine
  • Chest
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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