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Question 1 What is the best treatment option for empyema requiring drainage in children?

Course, Christopher William, Hanks, Ruth and Doull, Iolo 2017. Question 1 What is the best treatment option for empyema requiring drainage in children? Archives of Disease in Childhood 102 (6) , pp. 588-590. 10.1136/archdischild-2017-312938

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Abstract

Scenario A 4-year-old girl attends with a 3-day history of cough, breathlessness and fever. She is started on antibiotics but fails to improve over the subsequent 48 hours. A chest X-ray and ultrasound of the thorax reveals a large, loculated pleural effusion amenable to drainage. Structured clinical question In managing children with a large empyema (patient), does a pleural drain with fibrinolytics or primary video-assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS) (intervention) result in better treatment outcome (outcome)?

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0003-9888
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 31 March 2017
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 08:01
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/142576

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