Pleural infection remains a common illness, with a high morbidity and mortality. The development of frank empyema from a simple exudative pleural effusion is a result of biochemical changes within the pleural space in response to bacterial invasion. These changes can be used in the diagnosis of pleural infection and used to predict which patients will require intercostal drainage for resolution of infection. Recent large trials in empyema have further advanced our knowledge of microbiologic p...Expand abstract
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Diagnosis and management of infectious pleural effusion.
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