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The optimum management of patients with parapneumonic effusion and empyema remains uncertain. This article will review the evidence and current opinion on the pathophysiology of this disease, the role of fibrinolytic therapy, and the use of modern surgical techniques.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.crad.2006.05.004

Type

Journal article

Journal

Clin Radiol

Publication Date

09/2006

Volume

61

Pages

719 - 722

Keywords

Bacterial Infections, Chest Tubes, Drainage, Humans, Pleural Effusion, Thoracotomy, Thrombolytic Therapy