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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||American Review of Respiratory Disease|
|State||Published - 1978|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine