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Title: Pleural empyema menagement: A brief review of litterature
Authors: Arsenijević, Momir
Milisavljevic S.
Mrvić S.
Stojkovic D.
Issue Date: 2021
Abstract: Pleural empyema, defined as the presence of purulent material within the pleural space, is the consequence of a suppurative process involving the serous pleural layers. Thoracic empyema is a dynamic process, inflammatory in origin and taking place within a preformed space bordered by both the visceral and parietal pleura. It is a complex clinical enti-ty, neither a sole clinical, laboratory, nor a radiological diag-nosis. The primary therapeutic aim: ‘ubi pus evacua’ — if you find pus remove it—has not changed since the age of Celsus. Therefore, treatment of the acute empyema of the pleura is directed to early and complete evacuation of empirical fluid and content, achieving full re-expansion of the lungs and eradication of the infection using appropriate surgical proce-dures, antibiotics and other supportive procedures. The opti-mum method of treating empyema should be adjusted to the condition of the patient and the stage of the disease in which the patient is located. The method of treatment depends on the etiology (pneumonic or traumatic), the general condition of the patient and the stage of disease development. By reviewing the available literature, it can be concluded that treating the pleural empyemas is a demanding procedure, in which it is necessary for the treating physician to apply all of his knowledge, and that there is good cooperation with the patient.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1515/sjecr-2017-0056
ISSN: 1820-8665
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85118346242
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac

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