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Bacterial lung abscess: a review of the radiographic and clinical features of 50 cases.

Authors
  • Groskin, S A
  • Panicek, D M
  • Ewing, D K
  • Rivera, F
  • Math, K
  • Teixeira, J
  • Heitzman, E R
  • Markarian, B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Thoracic Imaging
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1991
Volume
6
Issue
3
Pages
62–67
Identifiers
PMID: 1861276
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The radiographic and clinical features of 50 patients with documented bacterial lung abscess are presented. Neither clinical nor radiographic features permit a specific diagnosis of lung abscess to be made; microbiologic or histopathologic material is needed to establish the diagnosis. A surprising percentage of patients (18%) had radiographically occult lung abscesses that were diagnosed only at the time of surgery or autopsy. Possible causes for and means of avoiding this diagnostic pitfall are presented.

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