Miliary tuberculosis as a cause of acute empyema.

Runo JR, Welch DC, Ness EM, Robbins IM, Milstone AP
Respiration. 2003 70 (5): 529-32

PMID: 14665781 · DOI:10.1159/000074213

Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis are known, life-threatening complications of miliary tuberculosis. This report describes a patient with miliary tuberculosis who rapidly developed an acute tuberculous empyema. She had a fulminant course culminating in ARDS, sepsis and subsequent death. This case highlights the rare association of acute empyema with miliary tuberculosis.

Copyright 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel

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Acute Disease Aged Comorbidity Crohn Disease Empyema, Tuberculous Fatal Outcome Female Humans Multiple Organ Failure Pleural Effusion Shock, Septic Tuberculosis, Miliary

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