Pleural empyema due to Salmonella: a case report

Korean J Intern Med. 2000 Jul;15(2):138-41. doi: 10.3904/kjim.2000.15.2.138.


Pleuropulmonary involvement of salmonella infection is very rare and only two cases of salmonella empyema have been reported in Korea. We report the case of a 70-year-old female diabetic patient who presented with right flank pain and right lower chest pain. The chest radiographs revealed fibrostreaky and hazy density at right lower lung field and blunting of right costophrenic angle. Thoracentesis revealed turbid yellowish fluid. Salmonella group B was identified from the cultures of blood and pleural fluid. After antimicrobial therapy and repeated therapeutic thoracentesis, the patient was improved.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Empyema, Pleural / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Salmonella Infections / complications*
  • Salmonella Infections / drug therapy