Edward Septimus

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Pleural Effusion and Empyema

OVERVIEW: What every practitioner needs to know Empyema is a collection of pus between the lung and the chest wall (pleural space). Infections of the pleural space most commonly follow pneumonia, accounting for 40 to 60% of all empyema. Thoracotomy is the next most common cause of empyema, accounting for approximately 20%, and trauma accounts…

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