Lung abscess and empyema of the thorax.


Journal Article

Empyema is best managed by the physician familiar with the indications and principals of the various procedures used in the treatment of empyema of the thorax. The objective of each modality used to treat empyema is to drain the pleura cavity and to allow full expansion of the lung. If the infected material can be removed and the visceral and parietal pleural approximated, the body will heal the pleural infection. The procedure chosen to treat empyema greatly depends upon the phase of maturation of the empyema when treatment is begun.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Alexander, JC; Wolfe, WG

Published Date

  • August 1, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 60 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 835 - 849

PubMed ID

  • 7423364

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7423364

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0039-6109

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0039-6109(16)42186-9


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States