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pleural empyema

Eleftheria Chaini, Nikolaos D Chainis, Anastasios Ioannidis, Maria Magana, Chryssoula Nikolaou, Joseph Papaparaskevas, Melina-Vassiliki Liakata, Panagiotis Katopodis, Leonidas Papastavrou, George P Tegos, Stylianos Chatzipanagiotou
Lactobacilli are human commensals found in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tract. Although generally conceived as non-pathogenic microorganisms, the existence of several reports implicating them in certain severe pathological entities renders this species as opportunistic pathogens. The case of a 58-year-old woman with mixed Lactobacillus infection is described. The patient was admitted in an outpatient clinic with community acquired pneumonia, and on the third day of hospitalization she presented rapid pneumonia deterioration...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
Tomoyuki Ogata, Teruo Urata, Daisuke Nemoto, Shigemi Hitomi
We report a case of thoracic empyema caused by Campylobacter rectus, an organism considered as a periodontal pathogen but rarely recovered from extraoral specimens. The patient fully recovered through drainage of purulent pleural fluid and administration of antibiotics. The present case illustrates that C. rectus can be a cause of not only periodontal disease but also pulmonary infection.
September 25, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Fadil Gradica, Lutfi Lisha, Dhimitraq Argjri, Cani Alma, Fahri Kokici, Flora Gradica, Valbona Rexha, Sali Gradica, Donika Ahmati, Perlat Kapisyzi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Yasser Aljehani, Zahra Al-Matar, Samah Nawar
Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) is gaining popularity in the management of many types of acute and chronic wounds. The use of VAC devices in thoracic surgery is limited, but it appears to be promising in complex cases of empyema thoraces. We report a case of empyema necessitans, in which VAC was used to achieve complete wound healing after open drainage which was communicating with the pleural space.
2016: Case Reports in Surgery
Florian J Segerer, Karin Seeger, Anna Maier, Christine Hagemann, Christoph Schoen, Mark van der Linden, Andrea Streng, Markus A Rose, Johannes G Liese
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the initial management of pediatric parapneumonic effusion or pleural empyema (PPE/PE) with regard to length of hospital stay (LOS). METHODS: Collection of pediatric PPE/PE cases using a nationwide surveillance system (ESPED) from 10/2010 to 06/2013, in all German pediatric hospitals. Inclusion of PPE/PE patients <18 years of age requiring drainage or with a PPE/PE persistence >7 days. Staging of PPE/PE based on reported pleural sonographic imaging...
September 20, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
Chigozirim Ekeke, Stephen Noble, Robert E Merritt
Intrapleural foreign bodies are rare and there are few reports on the occurrence and management of this uncommon clinical presentation. We report a case of a patient with a history of ingesting multiple foreign bodies, which resulted in multiple laparotomy procedures for extraction. The patient recently required surgical removal of innumerable ingested foreign bodies from the stomach and developed a left empyema post-operatively. Subsequent imaging studies revealed evidence of a foreign object in the left pleural space without evidence of an esophageal perforation or diaphragm injury...
August 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
T Potzger, M Ried, H-S Hofmann
UNLABELLED: Parapneumonic pleural effusion (PPE) occurring in early-stage (stage I) pleural empyema (PE) can be managed by chest tube drainage, which should be performed as soon as possible, to achieve re-expansion of the pulmonary parenchyma. Chronic disease leads to fibrin deposits on both pleural surfaces (stage II), followed by a thickened pleura peel (stage III). A trapped or compressed lung can only be released by surgical decortication, which may be performed with a minimally-invasive approach (video-assisted thoracoscopy) or an open technique (thoracotomy)...
September 2016: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
Cecília Bittencourt Severo, Letícia Beatriz Matter, Flávio de Mattos Oliveira, Agueda Palmira Castagna Vargas, Sadi Marcelo Schio, José de Jesus Peixoto Camargo, Bruno Hochhegger, Luiz Carlos Severo
We report herein a case of thoracic infection due to Nocardia nova following lung re-transplantation performed for emphysema related to alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency. The infection extended from the lung into the pleural space, thoracic wall, and mediastinum, presenting as pericarditis and empyema necessitatis. Nocardia nova was identified by 16S ribosomal deoxyribonucleic acid (rDNA) sequencing and phylogenetic analysis. According to a literature search of PubMed, LILACS and MEDLINE databases, we describe herein the first case of empyema necessitatis caused by N...
July 2016: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Rana Khazar Al-Zoubi, Mouhanna Abu Ghanimeh, Ashraf Gohar, Gary A Salzman, Osama Yousef
Hepatic Hydrothorax (HH) is defined as a pleural effusion greater than 500 ml in association with cirrhosis and portal hypertension. It is an uncommon complication of cirrhosis, most frequently seen in association with decompensated liver disease. The development of HH remains incompletely understood and involves a complex pathophysiological process with the most acceptable explanation being the passage of the ascetic fluid through small diaphragmatic defects. Given the limited capacity of the pleural space, even the modest pleural effusion can result in significant respiratory symptoms...
August 31, 2016: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
E Yu Tronina, P P Shipulin, V I Baydan, V E Severgin, V V Baydan, S V Ageyev, A A Kirilyuk, O N Kozyar, S D Polyak, A Agrakhari
The data, concerning videothoracoscopic operations application in the acute pleural empyema treatment in 462 patients, were adduced. Efficacy of videothoracoscopic operations, using electrowelding and radiofrequency surgical complexes with possibility to eliminate pulmonary-pleural fistulas, was shown. Positive clinical effect was noted in 443 (95.9%) patients, duration of stationary treatment have constituted 11.1 days at average. The complications have had occurred in 19 (4.1%) patients. All the patients are alive...
March 2016: Klinichna Khirurhiia
Kembu Nakamoto, Motohiro Takeshige, Toshiyuki Fujii, Hiroshi Hashiyada, Kazuya Yoshida, Sadahiro Kawamoto
BACKGROUND: The empyema space is refractory to elimination of bacterial colonization. Electrolyzed saline (ES) was used as intra-pleural irrigation for rapid disinfection of the empyema space. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty consecutive patients with para-pneumonic empyema were reviewed in this study from 2007 to 2015. The empyema space was irrigated by miniaturized thoracoscopic surgery (mini VATS), and the efficacy and safety of the use of ES were evaluated. RESULTS: Sixteen patients were male and four were female, with a mean age of 66...
August 11, 2016: Surgical Infections
Pier Luigi Filosso, Alberto Sandri, Francesco Guerrera, Andrea Ferraris, Filippo Marchisio, Giulia Bora, Lorena Costardi, Paolo Solidoro, Enrico Ruffini, Alberto Oliaro
Tube thoracostomy is usually the first step to treat several thoracic/pleural conditions such as pneumothorax, pleural effusions, haemothorax, haemo-pneumothorax and empyema. Today, a wide range of drains is available, ranging from small to large bore ones. Indications for an appropriate selection remains yet matter of debate, especially regarding the use of small bore catheters. Through this paper, we aimed to retrace the improvements of drains through the years and to review the current clinical indications for chest drain placement in pleural/thoracic diseases, comparing the effectiveness of small-bore drains vs...
July 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Dragan Subotic, Piotr Yablonskiy, Giorgia Sulis, Ioan Cordos, Danail Petrov, Rosella Centis, Lia D'Ambrosio, Giovanni Sotgiu, Giovanni Battista Migliori
Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major public health concern, mostly affecting resource-constrained settings and marginalized populations. The fight against the disease is hindered by the growing emergence of drug-resistant forms whose management can be rather challenging. Surgery may play an important role to support diagnosis and treatment of the most complex cases and improve their therapeutic outcome. We conducted a non-systematic review of the literature based on relevant keywords through PubMed database. Papers in English and Russian were included...
July 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Ali Zakaria, Bayan Al-Share, Khaled Al Asad
Amebiasis is a parasitic infection caused by the protozoan Entamoeba histolytica. While most infections are asymptomatic, the disease could manifest clinically as amebic dysentery and/or extraintestinal invasion in the form of amebic liver abscess or other more rare manifestations such as pulmonary, cardiac, or brain involvement. Herein we are reporting a case of a 24-year-old male with history of Down syndrome who presented with severe right side pneumonia complicated with multicystic empyema resistant to regular medical therapy...
2016: Case Reports in Pulmonology
Takashi Nishihara, Manabu Hayama, Norio Okamoto, Ayako Tanaka, Takuji Nishida, Takayuki Shiroyama, Motohiro Tamiya, Naoko Morishita, Hidekazu Suzuki, Hiroto Matsuoka, Tomonori Hirashima
A prolonged air leak caused by pulmonary tuberculosis is difficult to treat, and little is known about optimal treatment strategies. We herein report the case of a 60-year-old man who demonstrated tuberculous empyema with a fistula. An air leak from a tuberculous cavity in his left upper lobe persisted for approximately 4 months; surgical repair could not be performed due to a poor physical status and undernourishment. However, the air leak was successfully treated with endobronchial occlusion using two silicone spigots in left B3b and B4, without any adverse effects or aggravation of the infection...
2016: Internal Medicine
Claire Goumard, David Fuks, François Cauchy, Jacques Belghiti, Catherine Paugam-Burtz, Yves Castier, Olivier Soubrane
BACKGROUND: Postoperative pleural empyema following liver resection has not been thoroughly described in the literature yet. Hence, we aimed to describe characteristics of patients experiencing this complication. METHODS: Characteristics and outcomes of 21 patients who developed pleural empyema after hepatectomy, defined as a bacteriologically proven pleural infection with clinical and biological inflammatory signs requiring antibiotherapy and thoracic drainage, from 2001 to 2014, were retrospectively analyzed...
July 27, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Lily Myung-Jin Cha, Sunha Choi, Taehwan Kim, Shin Won Yoon
Pleural empyema is rare in neonates, and treatment with systemic antibiotics and tube drainage may fail because of the thick viscous fluid, bacterial products with fibrin deposition, and multiple loculations. Intrapleural fibrinolytic therapy with urokinase is an effective and non-invasive treatment option that avoids surgical intervention, although its use in neonates has not been studied extensively. In this report, we describe the case of a 13-day-old male neonate with Escherichia coli sepsis and pneumonia, which rapidly progressed to parapneumonic effusion and pleural empyema...
July 2016: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
I V Chubar
In the pleural empyema (PE) treatment, not depending on introduction of multiple operative procedures and the medicinal preparations application, some issues remain unsolved, including the infection agents verification, the most rapid bronchial fistula elimination and the lung volume restoration. The EP infection agents spectrum, their sensitivity to preparations were revealed, as well as the enhanced rate of the methicillin-resistant stamms (MRSA) and the microorganisms associations verification. A reduction of the infection agents sensitivity towards "simple" antibacterial preparations was established, so the physicians, treating PE, must prescribe "hard" antibiotics, what enhances its cost...
April 2016: Klinichna Khirurhiia
Dennis Lourdusamy, Lubna B Munshi, Sherif Ali Eltawansy
Spontaneous Bacterial Empyema (SBEM) denotes infection of the pleural fluid in the absence of pneumonia. Almost all cases of SBEM in literature are described in a background of ascites secondary to cirrhosis. Contiguous spread of the infected ascitic fluid through defects in the diaphragm is the most likely mechanism of SBEM. Most of these cases are transudative in nature and are managed with antibiotics. Literature on SBEM in the absence of cirrhosis or ascites is very limited so far. We describe a 59 year old female with ESRD status post renal transplant, on chronic immunosuppression for renal allograft rejection who was admitted with pleuritic chest pain that turned to be secondary to right sided pleural effusion...
2016: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Katarzyna Krenke, Marta Krawiec, Grażyna Kraj, Joanna Peradzynska, Agnieszka Krauze, Marek Kulus
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the factors that could predict the development of local complications (parapneumonic effusion/pleural empyema, necrotizing pneumonia, and lung abscess) in children with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). METHODS: Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data were prospectively collected and compared in children with noncomplicated and complicated CAP. RESULTS: Two-hundred and three patients aged from 2 months to 17 years were enrolled...
July 12, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
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