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Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2012 Jul;18(4):321-5. doi: 10.1097/MCP.0b013e328352c673.

Pleural infection: what we need to know but don't.

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Department of Respiratory Medicine, Sir Charles Gairdner, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Pleural infection remains a common and difficult problem to manage in the 21st century. Despite advances in modern healthcare, the rising incidence and mortality of empyema highlights a need for better understanding of the disease and more effective strategies in its diagnosis and treatment.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Recent studies have progressed our knowledge and understanding of the bacteriology and pathophysiology of pleural infection. However, rather than providing firm conclusions, examination of current literature provokes several unanswered questions on most aspects of the disease.

SUMMARY:

This review aims to challenge traditional current concepts and approaches to clinical practice in pleural infection, to stimulate debate and research into potential novel future therapies.

PMID:
22450303
DOI:
10.1097/MCP.0b013e328352c673
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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