empyema tube

em·py·e·ma tube

a catheter used for drainage of an empyema.
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Two patients were excluded from analysis as they were managed with placement of an empyema tube as these patients did not undergo thoracotomy and decortication due to high surgical risk.
Two patients developed prolonged air leakage (bronchopleural fistula) that was managed with a Heimlich valve and In one patient, it was necessary to leave an empyema tube for 4 weeks due to purulent drainage and a residual small empyema cavity.
Symptoms resolved, white blood cell counts became normal, no patients required a new pleural drain (one patient had a chest tube converted to an empyema tube for 4 weeks), and patients returned to their regular activities by postoperative week 4.