Diagnosis and Management of Postpneumonectomy Empyema With an Eloesser Flap

Victoria Sherry

Nancy Patton

Carrie Stricker

CJON 2010, 14(5), 553-556. DOI: 10.1188/10.CJON.553-556

Postpneumonectomy empyema (PPE) is an uncommon and devastating complication of pneumonectomy, with substantial morbidity and mortality. The condition is characterized by pleural cavity infection and inflammation. This article focuses on the management of complicated and persistent PPE with a procedure called Eloesser flap placement, a type of open-window thoracostomy.

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