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Lung Empyema Underlying Cause

An empyema is usually caused by a bacterial infection within the lung.

Causes of empyema include:

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Last Updated: Jan 31, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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