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1. Thoracic empyema in patients with community-acquired pneumonia.
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PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to update the incidence and natural history of empyema in patients admitted to hospital with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). METHODS: A prospective population-based study of 3675 patients with a diagnosis of CAP was carried out. Patients were classified as "definite empyema" based on one or more of the following criteria: presence of microorganisms in pleural fluid Gram stain or culture, pleural pH less than 7.2 associated with radiographic features of empyema, or frank pus in the pleural space at the time of thoroscopy. All others were classified ... Read More »
» Published in Am J Med. 2006 Oct;119(10):877-83.

2. Radiographic and CT findings of thoracic complications after pneumonectomy.
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Pneumonectomy is the treatment of choice for bronchogenic carcinoma and intractable end-stage lung diseases such as tuberculosis and bronchiectasis, but it is often followed by postoperative complications, which account for significant morbidity and mortality. Knowledge of the radiologic features of such complications is of critical importance for their early detection and prompt management. Complications of pneumonectomy are classified as early or late, depending on when they occur in relation to the hospitalization period. Early complications of pneumonectomy include pulmonary edema, ... Read More »
» Published in Radiographics. 2006 Sep-Oct;26(5):1449-68.

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