Author(s): Manoj Kumar Agrawal1, Amit Kumar2, Sanjay Bansal3, Ankit Khurana4
Lung abscess is a type of liquefactive necrosis of the lung tissue and formation of cavities (more than 2 cm) containing necrotic debris or fluid caused by microbial infection. This pus-filled cavity is often caused by aspiration, which may occur during altered consciousness. OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical and etiological profile of lung abscess in patients admitted at a tertiary care centre. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective study was conducted on 142 cases with age more than 15 years, who were the suspected cases of lung abscess and the cases with evidence of lung abscess on the X-ray, CT scan presented to the OPD/ IPD clinic, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital (RMCH), Bareilly from January 2013 to December 2014 were included in the study. RESULTS: out of 142 patients enrolled in the study, 47(33.09%) belonged to age group of ›60 years followed by 42(29.57%) belong to 41- 60 years of age. 116(81.6%) were male and 26(18.3%) were female. The most frequent symptom was cough (92.95%), followed by expectoration (91.54%), fever (87.32%) and hemoptysis (41.5%).