Empyema

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What is empyema?

An empyema is a collection of pus in the area between the lung and the chest wall, also known as the pleural space. Some characteristics include shortness of breath and fever.

Common symptoms reported by people with empyema

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with empyema

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
1
Tried for
empyema (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Right upper lung lobectomy)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
1
Tried for
empyema (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with empyema, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with empyema

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Perceived effectiveness
for empyema (1 evaluation)
Side effects
bone pain Hospitalization 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
empyema (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Right upper lung lobectomy)
Perceived effectiveness
for empyema (1 evaluation)
Side effects
pain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
empyema (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
nightmares tired when first up in morning
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with empyema, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has empyema on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 0
30s 0
40s 2
50s 5
60s 1
70+ 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 5
Female 5

These charts show data from empyema patients who have completed their condition history
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