Open window thoracostomy treatment of empyema is accelerated by vacuum-assisted closure.

@article{Palmen2009OpenWT,
  title={Open window thoracostomy treatment of empyema is accelerated by vacuum-assisted closure.},
  author={Meindert Palmen and Henrica N. A. M. van Breugel and Gijs G. Geskes and Arne van Belle and Jos M.H. Swennen and Andr{\'e} H M Drijkoningen and Ren{\'e} R. W. J. van der Hulst and Jos G. Maessen},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2009},
  volume={88 4},
  pages={
          1131-6
        }
}
BACKGROUND Recurrent thoracic empyema in the presence of residual lung tissue can be treated with an open window thoracostomy (OWT). Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) of these large thoracic defects is a novel option. METHODS Nineteen patients with residual lung tissue received an OWT for treatment of recurrent thoracic empyema. In this retrospective case series, 8 patients (aged 58 +/- 20 years, all male) were treated conventionally, and 11 patients (aged 53 +/- 17 years, 8 male) were treated… CONTINUE READING

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