Thoracic empyema in patients with community-acquired pneumonia.

  title={Thoracic empyema in patients with community-acquired pneumonia.},
  author={Rabia A. Ahmed and Tom Marrie and Jane Q Huang},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  volume={119 10},
PURPOSE The objective of this study was to update the incidence and natural history of empyema in patients admitted to hospital with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). METHODS A prospective population-based study of 3675 patients with a diagnosis of CAP was carried out. Patients were classified as "definite empyema" based on one or more of the following criteria: presence of microorganisms in pleural fluid Gram stain or culture, pleural pH less than 7.2 associated with radiographic features… CONTINUE READING


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