Percutaneous lung abscess drainage: revisiting the old gold standard
Lung abscess is defined as the necrosis of lung tissue with cavity formation due to varied etiology. The treatment of lung abscesses is medical involving antibiotics and chest physiotherapy. The failure of medical line of management requires an invasive surgical or percutaneous approach for drainage and control of infection. While the literature is ample regarding the surgical approach, it is rather scarce on the percutaneous approach. The percutaneous drainage has been most studied with computed tomography guidance. With our case series we describe to the treatment of lung abscesses non-responsive to medical management, by a bedside minimally invasive ultrasound or fluoroscopy guided percutaneous drainage approach.
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