Acta Scientific Paediatrics (ISSN: 2581-883X)

Case Report Volume 3 Issue 7

Recurrent Empyema in a Healthy 7 Year Old Boy

Gihad Alsaeed*1, Mohammed Mahmoud Elbarrawy2 , Mohamed Alsaeed3, IbrahimAlsaeed4

1Doctor Sulaiman Alhabib Hospital -TKH, Pediatric Department, Riyadh, Saudia Arabia
2Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
3Faculty of Medicine, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
4Faculty of Medicine, University of Milano, Milano Italy

*Corresponding Author: Gihad Alsaeed, Doctor Sulaiman Alhabib Hospital -TKH, Pediatric Department, Riyadh, Saudia Arabia.

Received: May 03, 2020; Published: June 23, 2020



Parapneumonic effusion and subsequent empyema are known complications of bacterial pneumonia. It is seen in approximately 2 to 12 percent of children with pneumonia and up to 28 percent of those requiring hospitalization as pneumonia [1,2]. Recurrent empyema is recurrence of empyema after its apparent healing. The incidence of recurrent empyema in children is 8.9% of empyema cases. Possible causes of recurrent empyema are recurrent pneumonia, chest surgery, immunodeficiency and chronic lung diseases. Surgical treatment of empyema is preferred by many experts more than conservative treatment alone. Recurrent empyema often needs surgical interventions to treat the cause and complications to achieve complete recovery [1,2]. We present a case of recurrent empyema in a previously healthy 7-year-old boy who had no underlying etiology inspite of extensive investigation and who recovered completely without open thoracotomy or video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS).

Keywords:Recurrent Empyema; Children; Pleural Effusion; Bacterial Pneumonia



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Citation: Gihad Alsaeed., et al. “Recurrent Empyema in a Healthy 7 Year Old Boy”. Acta Scientific Paediatrics 3.7 (2020): 54-60.


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