Decortication in thoracic empyema: Indications and surgical technique

Richard J Thurer

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Abstract

Decortication for empyema is a well-established procedure and is based on sound surgical principles. When applied in properly selected patients, rapid recovery with a good functional result is to be expected. Best results are obtained when the optimal time for surgical intervention is chosen, usually relatively early in the course of the process for which it is employed. Although modern supportive care and antibiotic therapy are important, a properly performed operation, employed at the proper time, is a major determinant of a successful outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-490
Number of pages30
JournalChest Surgery Clinics of North America
Volume6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 7 1996

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Decortication in thoracic empyema : Indications and surgical technique. / Thurer, Richard J.

In: Chest Surgery Clinics of North America, Vol. 6, No. 3, 07.08.1996, p. 461-490.

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