Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons                           
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 85--93

Empyema thoracis: Surgical management in children


Prema Menon, Ravi Prakash Kanojia, K.L.N Rao 
 Department of Pediatric Surgery, Advanced Pediatric Center, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Prema Menon
Department of Pediatric Surgery, PGIMER, Chandigarh-160 012
India

Empyema thoracis can produce significant morbidity in children if inadequately treated. Correct evaluation of the stage of the disease, the clinical condition of the child and proper assessment of the response to conservative treatment is crucial in deciding the mode of further surgical intervention. This ranges from intercostal chest tube drainage and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery to open decortication. Surgical decortication becomes mandatory in neglected cases; it gives very gratifying results ameliorating the disease rapidly and is well tolerated by young patients. This article reviews the current literature and discusses the important considerations while managing these patients. Indications for surgery are highlighted, based on our large experience at a tertiary care center.


How to cite this article:
Menon P, Kanojia RP, Rao K. Empyema thoracis: Surgical management in children.J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2009;14:85-93


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Menon P, Kanojia RP, Rao K. Empyema thoracis: Surgical management in children. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg [serial online] 2009 [cited 2020 Feb 18 ];14:85-93
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