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Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Apr;46(2):153-5. doi: 10.5090/kjtcs.2013.46.2.153. Epub 2013 Apr 9.

Application of vacuum-assisted closure device in management of postpneumonectomy empyema.

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Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.


A 57-year-old man was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent pneumonectomy and mediastinal lymph node dissection. He was discharged without acute complications, but on a regular outpatient follow-up, he was readmitted with postpneumonectomy empyema. He was successfully treated with a vacuum-assisted closure device and for 1 year period of outpatient follow-up, there was no recurrence of empyema or lung cancer.


Empyema; Negative-pressure wound therapy; Pneumonectomy

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