Empyema

Etiology

  • Fluid infected in pleural space
  • Complication of pneumonia, lung surgery, trauma
  • Aspirate effusion to make dx
  • Strep, h flu, staph
  • Anaerobes/gnrs less common
  • Mycobacterial, fungal if immunocomp/chronic

Symptoms

  • Acute
  • F
  • Cough
  • Sputum
  • SOB
  • Pleuritic chest pain