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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-7

An update on the drainage of pyogenic lung abscesses


Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Siraj O Wali
Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Consultant in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, P. O. Box 4377, Jeddah 21491
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.91552

PMID: 22347342

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Most lung abscesses (80-90%) are now successfully treated with antibiotics; however, this conservative approach may occasionally fail. When medical treatment fails, pulmonary resection is usually advised. Alternatively, percutaneous transthoracic tube drainage or endoscopic drainage can be considered, though both remain controversial. In this communication, the medical literature focusing on percutaneous tube drainage efficacy, indications, techniques, complications, and mortality, as well as available data regarding endoscopic drainage are reviewed.


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