JOHN COLLINS HARVEY, M.D.; DAVID C. SABISTON, M.D.
"While simple infarcts caused by aseptic thrombosis or embolism may occasionally become infected by inhaled bacteria and go on to abscess formation, such an event is notable for its infrequency." This statement was made by Dr. J. Burns Amberson in the Thayer Lectures delivered at the Johns Hopkins University in 1953.1
In a series of 550 cases of bland pulmonary infarction reported from the Mayo Clinic, pulmonary abscess occurred in 4.2 per cent and empyema in 1.1 per cent.2 Although there are several reports in the literature of empyema following bland pulmonary infarction, the number is small.2, 3, 4, 5
HARVEY JC, SABISTON DC. EMPYEMA AS A COMPLICATION OF BLAND PULMONARY INFARCTION: CONSIDERATION OF THE PROBLEM AND REPORT OF FIVE CASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;40:285–289. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-2-285
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(2):285-289.
Infectious Disease, Pulmonary Embolism, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Venous Thromboembolism.
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