Volume 75, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Pulmonary trichomoniasis is rare, and few cases of trichomonas empyema have been reported in the literature. We describe a rare case of a non-immunocompromised 55-year-old man with empyema presenting with bilateral pleural effusion leading to respiratory failure. Examination of the pleural effusion showed numerous motile organisms by fresh wet preparation that were identified as species by Liu stain. The patient was successfully treated with metronidazole, ampicillin/clavunalate, fibrinolytic therapy, and thoracotomy decortication.


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  • Received : 05 Jun 2006
  • Accepted : 24 Aug 2006

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