Post-pneumonectomy empyema.

  title={Post-pneumonectomy empyema.},
  author={Poo Sing Wong and Peter Goldstraw},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  volume={8 7},
  pages={345-9; discussion 349-50}
Empyema remains a formidable complication following pneumonectomy, and compounds the mortality of such major surgery. Our experience of 41 cases of post-pneumonectomy empyema (PPE) is presented. There is no universally appropriate treatment and management depends upon the patient's general condition and the presence of associated fistulas. Initial management consists of drainage in all cases. This may be continued if the patient is unfit for further procedures or if there is any doubt about the… CONTINUE READING


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