Percutaneous drainage of lung abscess

B. Vainrub, D. M. Musher, G. A. Guinn, E. J. Young, E. J. Septimus, L. L. Travis

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The availability of effective antimicrobial agents has greatly decreased the need for surgical intervention in patients who have a pyogenic lung abscess. We describe 3 patients with lung abscesses caused by gram-negative bacteria who failed to respond to medical treatment and who were believed to be unable to withstand lobectomy. Percutaneous insertion of a drainage tube directly into the abscess brought about a dramatic clinical response, with prompt closure of the cavity. This procedure provides an alternative to thoracotomy and lobectomy in treating lung abscesses that fail to respond to medical therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-160
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Review of Respiratory Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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