Lung Abscess

What is Lung Abscess?

A lung abscess is a necrotic area of lung tissue containing pus.

Causes

1. Bacteria, fungi, parasites.
2. Septic embolism.
3. Inflammation of blood vessels
4. Cancer
5. Occupational e.g. Miners, asbestos workers.

Clinical Features

1. Fever
2. Profuse sputum production, fetid, bloody
3. Hemoptysis
4. Dull chest pain, clubbing of nails
5.. Weakness, fatigue, weight loss

Management

Admit to a hospital at the earliest.