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Results: A total of 39 patients with lung abscess (30 treated with medical therapy alone, 9 also required surgical interventions) were included.
Fever, cough, and emesis were the most common presenting symptoms, and most of the patients had underlying respiratory (31%) or neurologic disorders (15%).
Keywords: Abscess, anaerobes, antibiotics, bacterial, empyema, infections, lung, microbiology pediatric, pneumonia, surgery How to cite this URL: Madhani K, Mc Grath E, Guglani L.Introduction: Pediatric lung abscesses can be primary or secondary, and there is limited data regarding response to treatments and patient outcomes.Objectives: To assess the clinical and microbiologic profile of pediatric patients with lung abscess and assess the differences in outcomes for patients treated with medical therapy or medical plus surgical therapy.Invasive procedures such as surgical open drainage, lobectomy and/or percutaneous drainage are reserved for cases with persistent infection despite antibiotic therapy.For many of the aspects related to the management of pediatric lung abscess (such as optimal duration of antibiotics, need for open surgical drainage), there is still inadequate evidence in the literature.
From chart review of each of these individual inpatient encounters, 40 patients were finally identified to have a true lung abscess.