Empyema thoracis in a Nigerian neonate: case report and brief literature review


  • Ezinwa O. Ezuruike Department of Pediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
  • Ndubuisi K. Chukwudi Department of Pediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
  • Nathan U. Nwokeforo Department of Pediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
  • Mary-Anna Ekpe Obioma Department of Pediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria




Empyema thoracis, Neonate, Nigerian


Empyema thoracis (ET) is a significant cause of paediatric hospital admissions and mortality but an infrequent finding in the neonatal period. Our case was a three week old male who presented with respiratory distress and had empyema thoracis. He was managed successfully with antibiotics and chest tube thoracostomy drainage.

Author Biography

Ezinwa O. Ezuruike, Department of Pediatrics, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria




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