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Empyema Thoracis

August 02, 2012  by: Dr. Simran Kaur  Points: 5   Category: Health  Earning $0.10   Views: 603

Empyema thoracis is a respiratory disease in which there is collection of pus and fluid in pleural cavity from infection. Usually empyema thoracis can affect small or whole part of pleural space.

         

Empyema thoracis is a respiratory disease in which there is collection of pus and fluid in pleural cavity from infection. Usually empyema thoracis can affect small or whole part of pleural space. But when only a part of pleural space is affected, then it is called encysted or loculated empyema.

Causes-

i) Spread of infection from nearby organs to pleural space.

ii) Bacteraemia.

iii) Penetrating chest injury.

iv) Thoracic surgery.

v) Infecting micro-organisms like Pneumococcus, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas.


Symptoms-

1. High grade remittent fever.

2. Weight loss.

3. Chest pain, breathlessness, dry cough.

4. Digital clubbing, chest wall oedema.

5. Intercostals tenderness.


Investigations-

1. TLC, DLC test.

2. ESR test.

3. Chest x-ray.

4. Aspiration and cytological examination of pus in pleural space.




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Author: SandeepSunnyJasrotia        
Posted Date: 08/13/2012        

Nice share...You made it easy..Thanks..

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