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Abscess of the lung

Also known as Lung Abscess and Pulmonary Abscess

Lung abscess is necrosis of the pulmonary tissue and formation of cavities (more than 2 cm) containing necrotic debris or fluid caused by microbial infection.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with abscess of the lung, 81% report having cough, 72% report having shortness of breath, and 72% report having sharp chest pain. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of abscess of the lung are hemoptysis, drainage in throat, itchy eyelid, wrist weakness, and excessive growth, although you may still have abscess of the lung without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with abscess of the lung often receive radiographic imaging procedure, x-ray computed tomography, intravenous fluid replacement, plain x-ray, physical therapy exercises, cardiac monitoring, other or therapeutic nervous system procedures and occupational therapy assessment .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with abscess of the lung include insulin, metformin, meropenem, collagenase topical, vancomycin, budesonide, levetiracetam (keppra), insulin, aspart, human (novolog), ezetimibe / simvastatin, combivent, dexamethasone topical product, docusate (colace) and influenza virus vaccine, inactivated .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for abscess of the lung include age 75+ years, sex == male, age 60-74 years and age 1-4 years. On the other hand, age 30-44 years almost never get abscess of the lung.

Age

< 1 years
0.2x
1-4 years
1.7x
5-14 years
0.1x
15-29 years
1.1x
30-44 years
0.0x
45-59 years
1.0x
60-74 years
2.1x
75+ years
2.2x

Sex

Male
1.9x
Female
0.4x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.1x
Hispanic
1.4x
White
1.0x
Other
0.1x
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