POCUS IOTW: Empyema

Posted on: February 18, 2019, by :

This is a teenage girl who presented with shortness of breath, right-sided shoulder pain and back pain. On ultrasound, she was found to have a large complex effusion with septations concerning for empyema. The phased-array transducer was used in order to have the depth to capture the fluid collection in the right chest. On CT scan, she was found to have necrotizing pneumonia with multiloculated empyema and ultimately required a VATS.

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