We describe an alternative treatment for postpneumonectomy empyema in patients for which Claggett procedure is inappropriate. During the years 1990-2002 eight patients with postpneumonectomy empyema were treated by continuous soft tube thoracostomy, intrapleural fibrinolysis and antibiotics. The medical records of these patients were reviewed retrospectively. The procedure was well tolerated by all patients and there were no significant complications during the treatment period. One patient died 9 months postpneumonectomy due to metastatic disease. The remaining patients have successfully completed the treatment with no recurrence of empyema. Continuous soft tube drainage with intrapleural fibrinolysis and antibiotics is a safe treatment for postpneumonectomy empyema in patients who are not appropriate candidates for operative management. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Ben-Nun, A., Soudack, M., & Best, L. A. (2003, December). Non-surgical treatment for post pneumonectomy empyema. Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-9293(03)00149-X