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DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1014047 View full text |Buy / Rent full text
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Abstract: Following the indifferent results of a retrospective analysis, a prospective study was undertaken to analyse the causative organisms in 51 cases of empyema. Cultures were positive in 44/51 (= 86.3%) cases. 2 bacterial species were recovered for each empyema. The aerobic gram-positive cocci represented the largest group (57%), followed by aerobic gram-negative bacteria (18.6%), anaerobic bacteria (18.6%), and fungi (5.8%). Polymicrobial empyema accounted for 59.1% of the cases. Anaerobic bacteria were cultured … Show more

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“…Ebert et al [18]described higher PMN-E values in patients with empyema, and Klech et al [19]proved that PMN-E is a marker of pleural inflammation, observing higher values in empyema patients. But it was Castaño and Amores [11]who evaluated the role of elastase in diagnosing PE of infectious origin and reported a diagnostic efficacy, sensitivity and specificity slightly higher than what we obtained.…”
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“…Ebert et al [18]described higher PMN-E values in patients with empyema, and Klech et al [19]proved that PMN-E is a marker of pleural inflammation, observing higher values in empyema patients. But it was Castaño and Amores [11]who evaluated the role of elastase in diagnosing PE of infectious origin and reported a diagnostic efficacy, sensitivity and specificity slightly higher than what we obtained.…”
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“…It has been shown that PMN-E determination may be useful in the differential diagnosis of pyogenic infectious and noninfectious pleural effusions [7, 8, 9, 10, 11]. …”
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