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We present a case of empyema necessitatis presenting with an inflammatory cellulitis of the chest wall. Most of the cases previously reported were due to tuberculosis, pneumococcus or actinomycosis, with only a few cases being due to Staphylococcus aureus, as in this case. Early treatment with antibiotics and surgical drainage can prevent further complications.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.ejim.2007.01.002

Type

Journal article

Journal

Eur J Intern Med

Publication Date

09/2007

Volume

18

Pages

441 - 442