Radiologically-guided catheter drainage of intrathoracic abscesses and empyemas

H. Berger, W. Steiner, C. Bergman, M. Anthuber, H. Dienemann

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Radiologically guided percutaneous catheter drainage was used in 38 patients to treat pleural empyemas (35 patients) and pulmonary abscesses (3 patients). Drainage was successful in 85.7% of empyemas including 11 cases with fistulous communications. Three percutaneously drained pulmonary abscesses required subsequent lobectomy. One patient died during the drainage procedure due to sepsis. No major complications related to the drainage procedure were observed. Guided percutaneous drainage proved to be a safe and successful alternative to closed drainage of pleural fluid collections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-370
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Percutaneous drainage
  • Pleural emyemas/abscesses
  • Radiologic guidance


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