Empyema is a collection of pus in a body cavity. However, this expression, when used by doctors, descibes the infected pleural effusion, so that the aqueous liquid between the pleural layers concentrated in manure. It can occur as a complication of an infectious lung disease, for example, pneumonia or an abdominal infection that spreads to the chest. There are no specific symptoms, and diagnosis depends on the review of the sample liquid which is removed from the pleural cavity using a needle and syringe.
What to do?
Empyema has become very rare after the introduction of antibiotics and occurs in most people as a complication of underlying pulmonary disease. The treatment and the possibility of full recovery depend on the nature of the underlying disease.