Department of Pneumology and Phtiseology, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Faculty of Medicine,

Thoracic empyema

Author: Pavol Pobeha

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Case report presents patient with thoracic empyema, who was admitted in hospital after failure of outpatient antibiotic treatment. Patient suffered from fever, thoracic pain, dyspnea and dry cough. Chest X-ray revealed homogenous shadow in right basal and middle lung zone which was confirmed by CT. According to CT scan we expected presence of empyema. Patient was treated with combination of intravenous antibiotics and pleural puncture was performed. Analysis of sample showed results which met the criteria for empyema and patient was immediately sent to department of thoracic surgery for drainage.

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