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Chest Surgery pp 371-380 | Cite as

Pleural Empyema

  • Michael KloppEmail author
Chapter
Part of the Springer Surgery Atlas Series book series (SPRISURGERY)

Abstract

Pleural empyema is defined as a collection of infected secretion or pus in the intrapleural cavity. Most commonly, it is a complication of pneumonia associated with high morbidity and mortality. Because there are no characteristic symptoms of empyema, patients often are incorrectly diagnosed and therapy is delayed or inadequate. The treatment of empyema becomes more complex and morbidity and mortality increase the longer it takes to initiate appropriate treatment. Early therapy adapted to the stage of disease and particular patient situation is the goal.

Keywords

Fibrous Layer Chest Tube Placement Pleural Empyema Pleural Infection Parapneumonic Empyema 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, ThoraxklinikUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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