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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Lung Abscess

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emDocs - November 7, 2018 - Author: Ramzy M - Edited by: Koyfman A and Long B
"Pearls:
  • Obtain sputum cultures in hospitalized or septic patients to better focus antibiotic therapy.
  • Clindamycin is the first line antibiotic of choice; transition from IV to PO when appropriate.
Pitfalls:
  • Blood cultures are rarely positive in anaerobic lung abscesses.
  • Consider admission and IV antibiotics rather than discharging patients with poor outpatient follow-up or those who may be non-compliant with antibiotics."