A patient presenting purulent discharge from open window thoracostomy

Sook Kang In, Ji Min Jung, Ju Ryu Yon, Yookyung Kim, Hwa Lee Jin, Mee Cheon Eun, Ki Nam Dong, Hyun Chang Jung

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A 73-year-old man who had undergone a right pneumonectomy and open window thoracostomy due to tuberculous empyema, presented with purulent discharge from the previous operation site. The computed tomography of the chest showed diffuse pleural thickening and a low attenuated lesion, with air bubbles in a dependent portion of the right hemithorax. These air bubbles were revealed to be due to 7 pieces of retained surgical gauze by flexible bronchoscopy. The patient showed marked clinical improvement with diminished purulent discharge after removal of the foreign bodies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-81
Number of pages4
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2004


  • Computed tomography
  • Foreign body
  • Thoracostomy


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