Bilateral empyema treated by sequential pleuroscopy

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Kostas Archontogeorgis
Anthony Lanfranco
Andreas Koulelidis
Marios E. Froudarakis *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Marios E. Froudarakis | mfroud@med.duth.gr

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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