Thoracic empyema

Case contributed by RMH Core Conditions


Septic shock.

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Male

There is a large multiloculated right pleural collection encasing the right lung. It has a few higher density areas and multiple foci of gas. If there has been no intervention, this is highly suspicious for empyema. There is collapse of most of the right lower lobe with minor atelectasis elsewhere and minor ground glass opacity.

There is marked volume loss on the left with elevation of the left hemidiaphragm. The mediastinum is displaced to the left.

Case Discussion

Patient proceeded to decortication and Streptococcus anginosus group (milleri group) was cultured. 


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Case information

rID: 34559
Published: 26th Feb 2015
Last edited: 10th Jun 2017
System: Chest
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