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January 1982

Computed Tomographic Findings of Neonatal Lung Abscess

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery (Drs Mayer and Matlak) and Pediatrics (Drs Condon, Shasha, and Glasgow), Primary Children's Medical Center, University of Utah College of Medicine, Salt Lake City. Dr Mayer is now with Coastal Emergency Physicians, Chesapeake, Va.

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(1):39-41. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970370041010

• A 3-week-old child with respiratory distress had an air-fluid level on chest roentgenogram. Computed tomography of the chest distinguished the mass as a discrete lung abscess, without underlying abnormality. Due to failure of the child's condition to improve with medical therapy, a limited thoracotomy and drainage of the lung abscess was performed; Escherichia coli and no anaerobic organisms grew from cultures of abscess material. We believe computed tomography to be of great benefit in defining suspected lung abscess in the neonate.

(Am J Dis Child 1982;136:39-41)