An update on the drainage of pyogenic lung abscesses

Ann Thorac Med. 2012 Jan;7(1):3-7. doi: 10.4103/1817-1737.91552.


Most lung abscesses (80-90%) are now successfully treated with antibiotics; however, this conservative approach may occasionally fail. When medical treatment fails, pulmonary resection is usually advised. Alternatively, percutaneous transthoracic tube drainage or endoscopic drainage can be considered, though both remain controversial. In this communication, the medical literature focusing on percutaneous tube drainage efficacy, indications, techniques, complications, and mortality, as well as available data regarding endoscopic drainage are reviewed.

Keywords: Percutaneous drainage; endoscpoic drainage; pyogenic lung abscess.