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Suhail Al-Saleh, Hartmut Grasemann, Peter Cox, "Necrotizing Pneumonia Complicated by Early and Late Pneumatoceles", Canadian Respiratory Journal, vol. 15, Article ID 136708, 4 pages, 2008. https://doi.org/10.1155/2008/136708
Necrotizing Pneumonia Complicated by Early and Late Pneumatoceles
Community-acquired pneumonia generally has a benign course when treated, but can be complicated by pleural effusion, empyema, lung abscesses, necrotizing pneumonia or pneumatoceles. Pneumatoceles can cause cardiorespiratory compromise requiring urgent intervention. A child with a severe necrotizing pneumonia, as well as a large early pneumatocele complicating mechanical ventilation, is presented. While pneumonectomy resulted in transient improvement, the course was further complicated by multiple late occurring pneumatoceles that ultimately led to the patient’s death.
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