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Recommendations for managing paediatric empyema thoracis

Roxanne E Strachan and Adam Jaffé, on behalf of the Australian Research Network in Empyema (ARNiE)
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (2): 95.

Paediatric empyema thoracis occurs in 0.7% of pneumonias in Australia and general paediatricians may only see a few cases in their career. A recent survey demonstrated a lack of consensus in management across Australia, highlighting the need for a local guideline.

Roxanne E Strachan, BN, Research Nurse
Adam Jaffé, MB BS, MD, FRACP, Respiratory Paediatrician and Head
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

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