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Predictors of outcome and long-term survival in patients with pleural infection.

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In pleural infection, medical treatment failure (chest-tube drainage and antibiotics) requires surgery and increases mortality. It would be helpful to predict which patients will fail this approach. We examined clinical predictors in 85 consecutive patients with pleural infection receiving chest drainage and intrapleural fibrinolytics, and recorded age, length of history, antibiotic delay and choice, time to drainage, blood/pleural fluid (PF) bacteriology, PF pH, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), ...

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Davies, CW More by this author
Kearney, SE More by this author
Gleeson, FV More by this author
Davies, RJ More by this author
Journal:
American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
Volume:
160
Issue:
5 Pt 1
Pages:
1682-1687
Publication date:
1999-11-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1535-4970
ISSN:
1073-449X
URN:
uuid:98f63fca-24a0-4c13-ab4f-485118f57f38
Source identifiers:
27239
Local pid:
pubs:27239

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