Bilateral empyema treated by sequential pleuroscopy

  • Kostas Archontogeorgis Medical School Democritus University of Thrace, Italy.
  • Anthony Lanfranco Medical School Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.
  • Andreas Koulelidis Medical School Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.
  • Marios E. Froudarakis | mfroud@med.duth.gr Medical School Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

Abstract

Bilateral empyema associated to infectious pericarditis is an extremely rare, yet life-threatening condition. Pleuroscopy-medical thoracoscopy has proved its efficacy in series of patients with empyema. Yet, all reported cases treated by this technique, concerned patients with pleural infection located to a single hemithorax. We present the case of a 71-year-old man with bilateral empyema treated successfully by sequential pleuroscopy, associated to infectious pericarditis.

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Published
2016-06-22
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Pneumology - Case Reports
Keywords:
Empyema, pleuroscopy, thoracoscopy, bilateral, pleural effusion, pleural infection, pericarditis.
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Archontogeorgis, K., Lanfranco, A., Koulelidis, A., & Froudarakis, M. E. (2016). Bilateral empyema treated by sequential pleuroscopy. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, 81(1-2). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2015.735