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Empyema Caused by Trichomonas*

Kevin L. Lewis, MD; Dennis E. Doherty, MD, FCCP; Julie Ribes, MD, PhD; John P. Seabolt, MT(ASCP)SM; Eric S. Bensadoun, MD, FCCP
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*From the Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Drs. Lewis, Doherty, and Bensadoun) and Pathology and Microbiology (Drs. Ribes and Seabolt), The University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY.

Correspondence to: Eric S. Bensadoun, MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center, 800 Rose St, MN 614, Lexington, KY 40536; e-mail: ebens0@pop.uky.edu



Chest. 2003;123(1):291-292. doi:10.1378/chest.123.1.291
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Empyema is one of the potential complications of lower respiratory tract infections. Very rarely, in predisposed individuals, empyema can be caused by Trichomonas species, of which Trichomonas tenax appears to be the most common cause. Here, we present a case of trichomonal empyema in a 56-year-old man and review the available literature of this rare occurrence.

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