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Respiratory Care: Chest Infections |

Lung Abscess: Patient Characteristics, Microbiology, and Determinants of Complete Radiographic Resolution as a Treatment Endpoint

Sunkaru Touray, MBChB; Carlos Martinez-Balzano, MD; Jisoo Lee, MD; Emil Tigas, MD; Scott Kopec, MD
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University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):1237A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.1349
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SESSION TITLE: Chest Infections

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: Antibiotic therapy remains the mainstay for the treatment of lung abscess, however the optimal duration of remains unknown; and has been variably reported as ranging from 6-8 weeks. Radiographic resolution has been suggested as a valid endpoint for the termination of antibiotic therapy, however there are no studies reporting the time and determinants of radiographic resolution using high resolution CT scans. We present a case series of 56 patients with lung abscess seen at our institution, reporting on patient characteristics, radiographic findings as well as time to complete radiographic resolution.

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