Infection of the pleural space.

  title={Infection of the pleural space.},
  author={John E. Heffner},
  journal={Clinics in chest medicine},
  volume={20 3},
Parapneumonic effusions are common accompaniments of pneumonia that require proper management to prevent progression to empyema. Management decisions require thoughtful individualization of care because of the multiple factors that affect outcome; no one algorithmic approach exists for all patients. Basic principles of care, however, apply to all patients and center on the early detection of infected pleural fluid and the rapid completion of effective pleural drainage and lung re-expansion… CONTINUE READING