Author(s): Mwandumba HC, Beeching NJ
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Abstract Lung abscess and thoracic empyema continue to cause significant morbidity and mortality despite appropriate antibiotic therapy and various options for drainage of empyema. Multiple factors, including the patient's general state of health, the presence of underlying disease, the virulence of the pathogen responsible, and the promptness of drainage of empyema, appear to dictate the clinical outcome. However, the available data are derived from uncontrolled, retrospective studies and the high morbidity and mortality rates underscore the need for large prospective studies to better evaluate factors that may predict the clinical outcome of these conditions.
This article was published in Curr Opin Pulm Med
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports