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March 1946

TYPHOID EMPYEMA: Report of a Case with Recovery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville School of Medi

Am J Dis Child. 1946;71(3):277-279. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020260070006

OF THE many complications of typhoid, typhoid empyema is one of the rarest. Holt1 (1939) failed to mention typhoid empyema as a complication of typhoid, and Brennemann2 (1944) said, "Pleurisy and empyema may develop as a complication of any variety of pneumonia, though primary pleurisy is rare."

Owing to the rarity of this complication and the fact that the complaints on admission were referable to the chest, this case is being reported.

REPORT OF CASE  R. D., a 12 year old white girl, was admitted to the Children's Free Hospital on June 24, 1942, from Gratz, Ky., with the chief complaints of "chills, fever, loss of weight and the coughing up of blood." According to the parents, the child was perfectly well until twenty-four days prior to admission, at which time she felt weak and fainted. The following day fever, chills and vomiting developed, which persisted to the

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