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Lung Abscess

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Anaerobic Pneumonia


  • Anaerobes are bacteria that live where there is no oxygen.  A lung Abscess is a collection of pus in the lungs.  Anaerobic bacterial infections may cause lung Abscess when bacteria are aspirated into the lungs.
  • Aspiration into the lungs may be due to impaired normal swallowing mechanisms, esophageal disorders (e.g., acid Reflux), altered consciousness levels, or absent gag reflex.
  • Patients with Alcoholism, dental/gum disease, Seizures, swallowing disorders, or who are under anesthesia or have tracheal or nasogastric tubes are at higher risk.

  • Fever
  • Cough with foul smelling sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Poor dental hygiene is common

  • Chest X-Ray
  • Chest CT Scan
  • Thoracentesis (scope passed into lungs) or needle biopsy, if diagnosis is unclear

  • Medications:
    1. Penicillin intravenously
    2. Clindamycin intravenously
    3. Unasyn intravenously
    4. Others also effective

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