Empyema

Empyema - plural; Pyothorax; Pleurisy - purulent

Empyema is a collection of pus in the space between the lung and the inner surface of the chest wall (pleural space).

Lungs

The major features of the lungs include the bronchi, the bronchioles and the alveoli. The alveoli are the microscopic blood vessel-lined sacks in which oxygen and carbon dioxide gas are exchanged.

Chest tube insertion - series - Pleural cavity

The pleural cavity is the space between the layers of the membrane lining the lung (pleura) and the chest cavity.

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Outlook (Prognosis)

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When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention