There were postoperative complications in 44 patients(27.5%) including: pneumonia(15 cases),incomplete reexpansion(12 cases),prolonged air leak(10 cases),empyema(5 cases),pulmonary abscess(5 cases),bronchopleural fistula(3 cases) and wound infection(2 cases).
(2) Therapeutic effectiveness:the response rate of malignant pleural effusions was 78.4% (80/102 cases), the cure rate of pneumothorax was 81.5% (75/92 cases) and for empyema, the cure rate was 92.9% (26/28 cases).
Positive rate reached 100%,; in periodontitis, 85% in pulpitis, 83% in appendicil abscess and peritonitis, 39% in specimens from biliary tract, 57% in empyema of the chest, 33% in pelvic peritonitis. Anaerobic bacteria were not found in early stage of acute appendicitis and cystic goiter complicated with infection of five cases respectively.
Methods Forty three children with empyema thoracis between January, 1992 and February, 2001, over a period of 9 years, were treated by conventional therapy (thoracentesis, chest tube drainage or thoracotomy debridement; Group A, n=28) and VATS (Group B, n=15).
Pyothorax-associated lymphoma: Description of the first two cases detected in Italy
Background: Pyothorax-associated lymphoma (PAL) is a rare, but distinct, clinico-pathologic entity which occurs most often in Japanese people; to the best of our knowledge, only six cases of it have been reported in Western countries.
Central nervous system involvement in pyothorax-associated lymphoma: ring enhancement on CT scan
A 71-year-old male was diagnosed as having pyothorax-associated lymphoma (PAL), a rare hematological malignancy associated with artificial pneumothorax for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.
Atelectasis (in 9%), pleural effusion (in 23%), pneumonia (in 24%) and pyothorax (in 1%) were observed.