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Empyema Caused by Aeromonas Species in Taiwan

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  • Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Chi Mei Medical Center, Liouying, Tainan, Taiwan; Department of Nursing, Min-Hwei College of Health Care Management, Tainan, Taiwan; Department of Laboratory Medicine, Chi Mei Medical Center, Liouying, Tainan, Taiwan

Strains of Aeromonas species are prevalent bacteria in coastal areas of southern Taiwan. Aeromonad is known as a cause of epidemic diarrheal disease, and the most common clinical manifestation is acute gastroenteritis. Extra-intestinal infections by Aeromonas species, such as pleural cavity, are rare. Herein, we described the six patients who developed Aeromonas spp.-related empyema, and was successfully treated with antimicrobial agent and drainage.

Author Notes

* Address correspondence to Chih-Cheng Lai, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Chi Mei Medical Center, Liouying, Tainan, Taiwan. E-mail: dtmed141@gmail.com

Authors' addresses: Chien-Ming Chao, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Chi Mei Medical Center, Liouying, Tainan, Taiwan, and Department of Nursing, Min-Hwei College of Health Care Management, Tainan, Taiwan, E-mail: ccm870958@yahoo.com.tw. Chi-Cheng Lai, Chi Mei Medical Center, Intensive Care Medicine, Tainan, Taiwan, E-mail: dtmed141@gmail.com. Shiow-Jen Gau, Chi Mei Medical Center, Laboratory Medicine, Tainan, Taiwan, E-mail: ShiowJenGau@yahoo.com.tw.

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