Shyam Bihari Sharma1
Prolonged intercostal drainage for empyema thoracis in children is difficult to manage by parents at home and at the same time prolonged stay at hospital increases the financial burden on them. Hence, aim of this study is to get rid of intercostal drainage earliest by performing surgery thereby decreasing the morbidity and mortality.
This is a prospective study done in infant and children below age of 12 at Paediatric Surgery Department, National Institute of Medical Science, Jaipur-Delhi Highway, Jaipur, from May 2012 to April 2016. Total number of cases in which surgical intervention done were 13 out which 2 required lobectomy whereas in 11 cases decortication and removing of peel was done.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Out of all thirteen patients, the age ranging from 6 months to 10 years, a proforma was made and kept in OPD and ward filling with investigation, symptomatology, treatment and follow up.
Out of all 13 cases, lung expansion was complete and all are symptom free, follow up 3 years to 1 month was there.
Early surgical intervention of empyema thoracis is beneficial in children as prolonged intercostal drainage increase the misery of the patients as well as their parents.