Group F streptococcal empyema from aspiration of a grass inflorescence

Ann Thorac Surg. 1990 Feb;49(2):319-20. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(90)90162-y.


A previously healthy 15-year-old boy was seen with a loculated right lower lobe empyema. Group F beta-hemolytic streptococci were cultured from the pleural fluid. Surgical intervention was required. An unsuspected aspirated grass inflorescence and a bronchopleural fistula were discovered during a decortication procedure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Bronchial Fistula / etiology
  • Empyema / etiology*
  • Fistula / etiology
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Humans
  • Lung*
  • Male
  • Pleural Diseases / etiology
  • Poaceae*
  • Streptococcal Infections*
  • Streptococcus