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Kyobu Geka. 2010 Aug;63(9):833-5.

[Pyothorax due to ruptured lung abscess successfully treaed by video-assisted thoracic surgery; report of a case].

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  • 1Department of Respiratory Surgery, Okazaki Municipal Citizen's Hospital, Okazaki, Japan .


A 30-year-old female was admitted to our hospital for chest pain and dyspnea We diagnosed lung abscess of the left lung. On day 2, the patient required mechanical ventilation for pneumopyothorax due to ruptured lung abscess with acute respiratory distress syndrome. We managed this patient antibiotics, sivelestat sodium hydrate and steroid pulse therapy. Curettage and decortication for empyema cavity and closure of bronchopleural fistula was done under video-assisted thoracic surgery with minithoracotomy on day 17. Postoperative course was uneventful.

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