Thoracoscopic debridement of loculated empyema thoracis in children

Ann Thorac Surg. 1995 May;59(5):1166-8. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(95)00090-8.


The appropriate management of multiloculated empyema thoracis remains controversial. During a 7-month period, we have managed multiloculated empyema with early thoracoscopic debridement in three consecutive pediatric patients. Chest tubes were removed 7 +/- 1 (mean +/- standard deviation) days after thoracoscopy and discharge from hospital was on postoperative day 8 +/- 1. We suggest that early thoracoscopic debridement of multiloculated empyema thoracis in children is safe and efficacious.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Debridement*
  • Empyema, Pleural / diagnostic imaging
  • Empyema, Pleural / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Thoracoscopy*