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Volume 37, Number 1, February 2004

Pediatric lung abscess: a retrospective review of 23 cases

Chen-Chieh Yen, Ren-Bin Tang, Shu-Jen Chen, Tai-Wai Chin
Department of Pediatrics Taipei Veterans General Hospital and National Yang-Ming University, Taipei and Hsin-Chu Hospital, Department of Health, The Executive Yuan, Hsin-Chu; Department of Pediatric Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital and National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

Received: September 18, 2002    Revised: March 10, 2003    Accepted: May 6, 2003   


Corresponding author:

Dr. Ren-Bin Tang, Department of Pediatrics, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, 201, Shih-Pai Road, Section 2, Taipei, Taiwan 11217, ROC. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



Pulmonary abscess is a rare but critical problem in childhood. We did a retrospective review of 23 children with documented lung abscess who had been admitted and treated at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital over a 20-year period from April 1982 to April 2002. Among the 23 children, 11 cases were primary lung abscess, and 12 were secondary lung abscess. The pathogens were isolated in 16 patients (69.6%), and blood cultures yielded in only 3 patients (13.0%). The most common microorganism isolated in this series was Streptococcus pneumoniae. The 2 patients (8.7%) that died in our series had secondary lung abscess. We herein report the presenting symptoms, bacteriology, clinical management, and outcome of these 23 cases.



Key words:

Lung abscess, microbiology, pediatric, therapy



J Microbiol Immunol Infect 2004;37:45-49.