How is empyema diagnosed?

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The first step in the diagnosis of empyema is usually to take a chest x-ray. Further possible tests include a CT scan or a thoracentesis. A thoracentesis is a procedure in which some fluid in the pleural cavity (a space just outside the lungs) is removed. A Gram stain and culture of the fluid may also be used to verify and identify the bacteria involved in the infection.

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Viral Lung Infections

Viral Lung Infections

Viral lung infections include acute bronchitis, viral pneumonia, bronchiolitis, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). These viral lung infections usually begin as a respiratory virus that spreads to the lungs. Chest pain, chronic ...

coughing, fever and fatigue are common with bronchitis. This infection cannot be treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonia presents with a host of symptoms including coughing, fatigue, fever, aches and pains, and GI symptoms. While antibiotics are not indicated for pneumonia, some antiviral medications can help. Infants can develop both bronchiolitis and RSV at a young age, causing coughing and wheezing.
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