Etiology and Treatment of Pediatric Pleural Empyema.

  title={Etiology and Treatment of Pediatric Pleural Empyema.},
  author={Mary Anne Jackson and Lester C. Olson and Denise Bratcher},
  journal={Pediatric Research},
Parapneumonic effusions (PE) complicate pediatric community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in 40% of cases. It is estimated that empyema forms in more than half of such cases but evidence-based data regarding appropriate treatment is limited. This study evaluates treatment modalities as they relate to duration of hospitalization and cost of care in such cases. A quality improvement based retrospective chart review was undertaken to evaluate outcomes for empyema that were diagnosed between 12/00–3/04… CONTINUE READING