Article Abstract

Empyema editorial

Authors: Daniel G. Dunlap, Roy Semaan, David Feller-Kopman


Empyema refers to a collection of frank pus or infected fluid within the pleural space and has an attributable mortality rate of 10–20% (1-3). The standard of care includes appropriate antibiotic therapy and prompt evacuation of the pleural fluid, as delay and a lack of source control leads to organization of the space making drainage difficult and significantly worsening outcomes (4).