June 1981

Haemophilus parainfluenzae Thoracic Empyema

Author Affiliations

From the Ambulatory Care and Medical Services (Dr Cooney) and Medical Service (Dr Harwood), Portland (Ore) Veterans Administration Medical Center; the Divisions of General Medicine (Dr Cooney) and Chest Disease (Dr Harwood), Department of Medicine, University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland; and the Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Dr Meisner).

Arch Intern Med. 1981;141(7):940-941. doi:10.1001/archinte.1981.00340070120026

• To our knowledge, thoracic empyema caused by Heamophilus parainfluenzae has not been described previously. A case occurred in the setting of alcoholism and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We note the similarity to pulmonary infections with H influenzae and discuss the implications for antibiotic therapy.

(Arch Intern Med 1981;141:940-941)