Lung Abscess Questions & Answers

Updated: Sep 25, 2020
  • Author: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is lung abscess?

How did the understanding of lung abscess evolve?

How are lung abscesses characterized?

What is the pathogenesis of lung abscess?

What are the most common pathogens in lung abscess?

What is the microbiology of lung abscess?

What are the risk factors for lung abscess?

Which infectious etiologies are associated with lung abscess?

How does a lung abscess develop?

What is the incidence of lung abscess?

Are lung abscesses more common in men or women?

What are the age-related demographics of lung abscess?

What is the prognosis of lung abscess?

What educational information is available for patients with lung abscess?

Presentation

What are the symptoms of lung abscess?

What are the physical findings in patients with lung abscess?

What are the complications of lung abscess?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Lung Abscess?

Workup

Which lab studies are indicated in the workup of lung abscess?

What is the role of chest radiography in the workup of lung abscess?

What is the role of CT scanning in the workup of lung abscess?

What is the role of ultrasonography in the workup of lung abscess?

Which diagnostic procedures are indicated in the workup of lung abscess?

What are the best procedures for the diagnosis of lung abscess?

What are the histologic findings in the workup of lung abscess?

Treatment

How is lung abscess treated?

When is inpatient care indicated for patients with lung abscess?

When is outpatient care indicated for patients who have a small lung abscess?

What is the standard treatment for an anaerobic lung infection associated with lung abscess?

What are the best antibiotics for the treatment of lung abscess?

What is the duration of antibiotic therapy in the treatment of lung abscess?

How effective is antibiotic therapy in the treatment of lung abscess?

When is surgery indicated in the treatment of lung abscess?

What are the surgical options in the treatment of lung abscess?

Which specialist consultations are indicated in the treatment of lung abscess?

How is the risk of lung abscess minimized?

Medications

How are antibiotics selected for the treatment of lung abscess?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Lung Abscess?