Empyema necessitans in a six-month-old girl

Pierre Goussard, Robert Gie, Jacques Janson, Savvas Andronikou

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Empyema necessitans is a rare complication of acute bacterial pneumonia, especially in children. It is a complication of empyema characterised by the extension of pus from the pleural cavity into the thoracic wall to form a mass of purulent fluid in the adjacent soft tissue. An inflammatory chest wall mass following pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumonia in a six-month-old infant is reported. The case emphasises that children presenting with persistent fever and a painful chest wall mass following pneumonia should be investigated immediately as there might be an urgent need for surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalPaediatrics and International Child Health
Early online date22 May 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 May 2018


  • Empyema necessitans
  • lung abscess
  • pneumonia
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • thoracotomy


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