Accession Number:

AD1036534

Title:

Acute Pulmonary Embolism Leading to Caviation and Large Pulmonary Abscess: A Rare Complication of Pulmonary Infraction

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article - Open Access

Corporate Author:

59th Medical Wing Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland United States

Report Date:

2017-02-06

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

Pulmonary infarction is an infrequent complication of pulmonary embolism due to the dual blood supply of the lung. Autopsy studies have reported cavitation to occur in only 4-5 of all pulmonary infarctions with an even smaller proportion of these cases becoming secondarily infected. Patients with infected cavitating pulmonary infarction classically present with fever, positive sputum culture, and leukocytosis days to weeks following acute pulmonary embolism. We describe a rare case of acute pulmonary embolism with pulmonary infarction leading to cavitation and subsequent abscess formation requiring left lower lobe resection.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE