The management of pleural space infections.
Pleural infection is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide, and its clinical management is challenging. The diagnosis of empyema and tuberculous pleurisy may be difficult, and these conditions may be confused with other causes of exudative pleural effusions. Complicated parapneumonic effusion or empyema may present with 'atypical' clinical features; delays in diagnosis are common and may contribute to the high mortality of these infections. Pleural aspiration is the ke...Expand abstract
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