Pulmonary parenchymal abscess: VATS approach to diagnosis and treatment

Francis J. Podbielski, Heron E. Rodriguez, Irvin M. Wiesman, Andrew M. Brown, Emily D. Quiros, Mohammed F. Ziauddin

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Lung abscesses are usually treated with antibiotic regimens and postural drainage. Treatment failure necessitates transbronchial drainage with radiographically guided or open procedures. A patient with a lung abscess remained febrile despite a 2-week course of antibiotics and 3 unsuccessful percutaneous drainage attempts. Video-assisted thoracoscopic exploration localized the abscess and facilitated endoscopic unroofing and debridement of the cavity. Thoracoscopic drainage techniques offer a reliable and expedient option for refractory lung abscesses when compared to standard therapy alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-341
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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