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DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1014048 View full text |Buy / Rent full text
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Abstract: Postpneumonectomy empyema with or without (bronchopleural) fistula is an infrequent but serious, and often life-threatening complication. In 20 of our patients postpneumonectomy empyema was discovered. The time interval between original operation and discovery of the empyema varied from 9 days to 9 years. In two cases, the empyema had been found and treated initially at another hospital but not adequately, so that at the time of treatment by us the bronchopleural fistula had already been present for 8 and 19 y… Show more

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“…Approximately 80% of PPE patients have BPF. The treatment is difficult, the course of the disease is often protracted, and it may become chronic refractory empyema (1,4). The main reasons chronic refractory empyema is difficult to treat include the persistent abscess, recurrent infection of the residual cavity, and BPF.…”
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“…Approximately 80% of PPE patients have BPF. The treatment is difficult, the course of the disease is often protracted, and it may become chronic refractory empyema (1,4). The main reasons chronic refractory empyema is difficult to treat include the persistent abscess, recurrent infection of the residual cavity, and BPF.…”
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“…Postoperative chronic empyema (PPE) is postoperative chronic infection of the pleural cavity with various surgical causes and is very difficult to treat if accompanied by bronchopleural fistula (BPF). PPE has a protracted course of the disease and may gradually develop into chronic empyema (1). The treatments of this type of empyema include rib resection drainage, decortication, and openwindow thoracostomy (OWT).…”
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