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Our group remained with the diagnosis of a primary lung abscess, partially responding to the antibiotic, but without significant radiological improvement


Is a cirumscribed thick walled cavity in the lung that contain purulent material resulting from suppuration and necrosis of the involved lung parenchyma. Kendig`s text book 98

Primary: no predisposing factors
Secondary: underlying predisposing factors
Mark and Turner classification 68

0.7/100.000 admission/year. Asher et al 82
24 cases /10 years reported by Tumwine 92
21 cases/25years reported by Cowles et al 02
Age: any, but rare in neonate
More common in fall and winter

Tan et al ped Infect dis 95 ,45 cases /11years 82-93
Fever (84%), Cough(53%), Dyspnea (35%), Chest pain(24%), Anorexia (20%), Purulent sputum (18%), Rhinorrhea (16%), Malaise and lethargy (11%), other...

Fever, cough, dyspnea were the commonest presenting symptoms
Tumwine 92 ,M.-H Wu et al 97, Emanuel&Shulman 95

27% S Aureus, Normando et al rev infec dis 90
S.aureus, group A strept, pseudomonas a, Tumwine E AF med J 92
Anerobes (27%). Pseudomonas (13%), s aureus (13%), stept p. (7%), H influenza (7%) Tan et al 95
S aureus, strept. pneumonia / (s.aureus, E.coli, klebsiella 2nd.LA ) Emanuel/Shulman 95
S aureus, pneumococci, pseudo.a, klebsiella M.-H.Wu et al 97 s aureus
S. pneumonia,, pseudomonas A Tseng et al 2001


Obstruction of the bronchi
Cystic Fibrosis
Penetrating trauma of the lung

Motility disorder, dysfunction
Tracheoesophageal fistula

Neurologic impairment
Decreased epiglottic cough reflex
Impaired swallowing mechanism

Extrapulmonary origin
Bacteremia ,emboli
Spread of infection from contiguous sites eg. Liver

Post surgical
Aspiration of secretions or pus
Direct damage to the lung during pulmonary surgery

Immunologic disorder
Steroids ,anti-tumor agents
Brook 93

Progressive fibrosis
The cardinal histopathology: suppurative destruction of lung parynchyma with central cavitation.

WBC: leukocytosis, neutrophilia, WBC (14-23) on admission for 18 patients with primary lung abscess. shulman et al 95
CXR: abscess appears, as solitary thick wall cavity in the lung, will be clear when it contains air fluid level. This imaging is very helpful for follow up.
Site: RLL (right lower lobe) 36%, RUL (right upper lobe) 33%, LLL (left lower lobe) 27% Tan et al
RLL 50%, LLL33% for primary lung abcess. Em& Shulman
RLL (70%), RUL30% secondary lung abscess. Em& Shulman
LLL 32% RUL 30%,RLL 28%, Sturat et al 91
LLL more common than RUL Tseng et al 2001

CHEST CT: In the evaluation of children with complicated pneumonia, CT often reveals clinically significant findings not apparent on radiography. Donnelly et al AJR 98
"CT chest should be done to all patients pulmonary abscess refractory to conservative treatment". Cowles et al J ped surg 2002
"CT chest is helpful in determining the optimum site for percutaneous catheter drainage" Zuhdi et al crit care med 96
Reported successful treatment of lung abscess under CT guidance in two patients (neonate, 21/2 years child) Al-salem ped surg 97

BRONCHOSCOPY: "may be undertaken in children who fail to improve after a week to 10 days of appropriate therapy". Brook 93/McCraken 79
Appropriate intravenous antibiotic therapy alone is recommended as initial therapy of primary lung abscess in infancy and childhood. However, "if there is no response to the initial treatment percutaneous aspiration is advisable before proceeding to more invasive procedures". Bruckheimer et al ped pul 95

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