Image-guided catheter drainage of the infected pleural space

John L. Ulmer, Robert Choplin, James C. Reed

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Abstract

Thoracic empyema occurs at all ages and has reported mortality rates of 10% to 75%. Most authors agree that complete drainage of complicated effusions or organized empyemas and reexpansion of atelectatic lung are important in obtaining a satisfactory clinical outcome. For initial tube drainage. a 26-F to 36-F chest tube traditionally has been inserted at the bedside. The results of this method of empyema evacuation have varied widely, with an overall cure rate reported to be 47%. Image-guided placement of smaller 8-F to 14-F catheters has been offered as an alternative therapy with an overall reported cure rate of 81% in 104 patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-73
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Volume6
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Empyema
Drainage
Catheters
Pleural Empyema
Chest Tubes
Complementary Therapies
Lung
Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Image-guided catheter drainage of the infected pleural space. / Ulmer, John L.; Choplin, Robert; Reed, James C.

In: Journal of Thoracic Imaging, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1991, p. 65-73.

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Ulmer, John L. ; Choplin, Robert ; Reed, James C. / Image-guided catheter drainage of the infected pleural space. In: Journal of Thoracic Imaging. 1991 ; Vol. 6, No. 4. pp. 65-73.
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