Pulmonary Infections

Mayur Narayan*, Nicole Meredyth, Victoria Aveson, Philip S. Barie

*Corresponding author for this work

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Post-thoracic injury pulmonary infections are readily understandable on the basis of its pathophysiology compared to normal physiology or abnormal physiology distorted by preexisting comorbidity. While the pulmonary tree is most commonly impacted, the pleural spaces are often involved; the mediastinum is less commonly impacted. Knowledge of appropriate approaches to source control and initial empiric, but therapeutic antimicrobial selection supports recovery. This chapter explores the molecular underpinnings of infection, key elements of diagnosis, approaches to prevention or rescue, and the common microbiology encountered when treating patients with post-thoracic injury pulmonary and thoracic space infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationManagement of Chest Trauma
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Guide
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783031069598
ISBN (Print)9783031069581
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Aspiration
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Empyema
  • Mediastinitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Ventilator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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