oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The management of empyema thoracis by thoracoscopy and irrigation

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A technique of irrigation for the management of empyema thoracis is descriptionbed. Initial thoracoscopy using a laparoscope under general anaesthesia enabled adequate debridement and breakdown of loculi within the empyema cavity under direct vision. Following this procedure irrigation of the cavity with two tubes was started and continued until three consecutive cultures of drained irrigation fluid became sterile. The procedure was then discontinued. The results in 14 patients are presented using this method, irrigation was required for an average of 14 days. Patients remained in hospital for an average of 4,8 weeks. Tuberculous empyema was not found to be a contra-indication to the irrigation technique.

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