Pneumococcal empyema in childhod

J. D. Siegel, J. C. Gartner, R. H. Michaels

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Two serotypes, uncommon in pediatric infections, accounted for a disproportionately large number of cases of pneumococcal empyema at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Eight of ten empyemas were caused by types 1 or 3, and two additional cases of mixed infection involved the type 3 pneumococcus. The type 3 pneumococcal empyemas tended to be more severe than those due to other serotypes. Counterimmunoelectrophoresis (CIE) appeared to be more useful than culture in establishing the cause of this condition; in seven of ten cases, the pleural fluid was CIE positive while cultures of blood and pleural fluid were negative. In each of the seven culture-negative cases, antibiotics had been given prior to hospitalization. One case of type 7 pneumococcal empyema illustrated the potential value of the Ouchterlony test for the etiologic diagnosis of this condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1094-1096
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Volume132
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1978

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Empyema
Counterimmunoelectrophoresis
Streptococcus pneumoniae
Coinfection
Hospitalization
Pediatrics
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Infection
Serogroup

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Siegel, J. D., Gartner, J. C., & Michaels, R. H. (1978). Pneumococcal empyema in childhod. American Journal of Diseases of Children, 132(11), 1094-1096.

Pneumococcal empyema in childhod. / Siegel, J. D.; Gartner, J. C.; Michaels, R. H.

In: American Journal of Diseases of Children, Vol. 132, No. 11, 1978, p. 1094-1096.

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Siegel, JD, Gartner, JC & Michaels, RH 1978, 'Pneumococcal empyema in childhod', American Journal of Diseases of Children, vol. 132, no. 11, pp. 1094-1096.
Siegel JD, Gartner JC, Michaels RH. Pneumococcal empyema in childhod. American Journal of Diseases of Children. 1978;132(11):1094-1096.
Siegel, J. D. ; Gartner, J. C. ; Michaels, R. H. / Pneumococcal empyema in childhod. In: American Journal of Diseases of Children. 1978 ; Vol. 132, No. 11. pp. 1094-1096.
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