Surgical Spectrum in the Management of Empyemas

Matthew D. Taylor, Benjamin D. Kozower

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Empyema remains a major source of morbidity and health care expenditure in the thoracic surgery community. Early intervention in pleural space infections is key to prevention of chronic empyemas and the need for surgical intervention. The advent of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery has made it possible to treat stage I and stage II empyemas with significantly less morbidity. Although management of chronic empyema remains a significant challenge, surgical intervention is usually successful in cleaning up the pleural space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-440
Number of pages10
JournalThoracic Surgery Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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