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Streptococcus pneumoniae empyema necessitatis

Freeman, Alexandra F. M.D.; Ben-Ami, Tamar M.D.; Shulman, Stanford T. M.D.

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: February 2004 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p 177-179
doi: 10.1097/
Brief Reports

Empyema necessitatis is a rare complication of empyema characterized by extension of suppuration from the pleural space through the chest wall. The most common etiologies are tuberculosis and actinomycosis. We describe a 1-year-old boy with Streptococcus pneumoniae empyema necessitatis and review previously reported cases.

Departments of Pediatrics (AFF, STS) and Medical Imaging (TBA)

The Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University

Children’s Memorial Hospital

Chicago, IL

Accepted for publication Nov. 7, 2003.

Reprints not available.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.