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Non surgical treatment of empyema thoracis with intrapleural streptokinase in a patient with AIDS.
  1. R F Miller,
  2. A Severn
  1. Department of Medicine, University College London Medical School, Middlesex Hospital Site, UK.


    After unsuccessful treatment with intercostal tube drainage and antibiotics intrapleural streptokinase was used to treat successfully an empyema in a man with AIDS and advanced cutaneous Kaposi's sarcoma who was unfit for surgical decortication. The role of this technique in the management of HIV positive patients with empyema is discussed.

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