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Can an empyema be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Yes, sometimes. It is possible to prevent an empyema that is caused by a lung infection. The lung infection would need to be treated before it is allowed to develop and cause an empyema.

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