Postpneumonectomy empyema in pulmonary carcinoma patients. Treatment with antibiotic irrigation and closed-chest drainage.

Abstract

Seven patients with postpneumonectomy empyema who had had pulmonary carcinoma were treated with intrapleural antibiotic irrigation and closed-chest drainage. Two tubes were used to irrigate and drain the cavity. Although most patients had a bronchopleural or esophagopleural fistula, the treatment was successful in every case. Three of the 7 patients died of… (More)

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