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Short-term and long-term outcomes of intrathoracic vacuum therapy of empyema in debilitated patients

Sziklavari, Zsolt ; Ried, Michael ; Zeman, Florian ; Grosser, Christian ; Szöke, Tamas ; Neu, Reiner ; Schemm, Rudolf ; Hofmann, Hans-Stefan


Background: This retrospective study analyzed the effectiveness of intrathoracic negative pressure therapy for debilitated patients with empyema and compared the short-term and long-term outcomes of three different intrapleural vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) techniques. Methods: We investigated 43 consecutive (pre) septic patients with poor general condition (Karnofsky index <= 50 %) and ...


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