During empyema drainage, pus is drained from the space between the chest wall and lungs. A chest wall incision may be needed to access a large empyema. In early phase empyema, a chest tube may be inserted.
Also Known As:
- Pus drainage
- Chest wall drainage
- Lung drainage
Conditions Treated with Empyema Drainage:
Empyema drainage is utilized in cases of an empyema due to conditions such as pneumonia.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to empyema drainage. Chest tube thoracostomy may be performed as a surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Empyema Drainage:
Empyema drainage is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Empyema Drainage:
Possible risks following empyema drainage include respiratory failure, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. In some cases, the lung will need to be removed.
Prognosis after Empyema Drainage:
The prognosis for a positive end result following empyema drainage is good.
Recovery from Empyema Drainage:
Total recovery from empyema drainage takes six to eight weeks.