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Question 19#

The most common cause of an empyema in the postoperative patient is:

a. Pneumonia
b. Systemic sepsis
c. Esophageal perforation
d. Retained hemothorax

Correct Answer is A


One of the most debilitating infections is an empyema, or infection of the pleural space. Frequently, an overwhelming pneumonia is the source of an empyema, but a retained hemothorax, systemic sepsis, esophageal perforation from any cause, and infections with a predilection for the lung (eg, tuberculosis) are potential etiologies as well.