Parapneumonic empyema. A pitfall in diagnosis.


Journal Article

Two patients eventually shown to have empyema were encountered in which the initial thoracentesis revealed fluid compatible with either a simple or a complicated parapneumonic effusion. In both cases, the diagnosis of empyema was made by a second thoracentesis done at a close interval of time from a different site. Therefore, the physician should approach parapneumonic effusions systematically, and remember that in some cases, multiple thoracenteses may be required to make the correct diagnosis of an empyema.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Read, CA; Sporn, TA; Yeager, H

Published Date

  • June 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 101 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1712 - 1713

PubMed ID

  • 1600797

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1600797

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-3692

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1378/chest.101.6.1712


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States