Dorsett D. Smith, M.D.; F. R. Fekety, M.D.
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The association of pleural effusion with bacteroides empyema has not been previously noted. We have studied 20 patients with bacteroides empyema and have noted the heralding of this disease by a pleural effusion in 15 of 20 cases. Most patients presented with a history of a smoldering pleural disease associated with several weeks of pleurisy, cough, malaise, night sweats, fever, and weight loss. The pleural effusions were frequently present for weeks before the diagnosis of bacteroides empyema was made. These patients were symptomatic an average of 15 weeks and in the hospital an average of 3.6 weeks before diagnosis. Nine
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Smith DD, Fekety FR. Bacteroides Empyema.. Ann Intern Med. 1968;68:1176–1177. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-68-5-1176_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(5):1176-1177.
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