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Lung abscess is a pus-filled cavity in your lung surrounded by inflamed tissue.
It usually results from breathing bacteria that normally live in your mouth or throat into the lungs, leading to an infection.
A number of things can cause a lung abscess, including:
A lung abscess is typically diagnosed in two ways:
Broad spectrum antibiotic to cover mixed flora is the mainstay of treatment.
Pulmonary physiotherapy and postural drainage are also important. Surgical procedures are required in selective patients for drainage or pulmonary resection. The treatment is divided according to the type of abscess, acute or chronic. For acute cases the treatment is
Most cases respond to antibiotics and prognosis is usually excellent unless there is a debilitating underlying condition. Mortality from lung abscess alone is around 5% and is improving
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