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Lung Abscess - Necrosis of Lung Tissue

Written by
Dr. Parth R Goswami
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Apr 24, 2017 and last reviewed on Aug 22, 2019   -  1 min read


A microbial infection that results in a pus-filled cavity in the lung is called a lung abscess. Learn about its causes, symptoms, and treatment here.

Lung Abscess - Necrosis of Lung Tissue


  1. Bacterial organisms like staphylococci, klebsiella, streptococci, etc., causes pyogenic pneumonia. Tuberculosis and fungal infections can also lead to an abscess, if not treated at the right time.
  2. Respiratory stenosis occurs by the accumulation of mucus, any tumor, or foreign substance.
  3. Septicemia leads to metastatic lung abscess.
  4. Bronchiectasis and aspiration of infected materials.
  5. Malignancy.
  6. Other respiratory problem like Wegener's granulomatosis, silicosis, etc.

Clinical Symptoms

  1. Fever.
  2. Sweating.
  3. Expectoration of a large amount of purulent and frothy sputum.
  4. Cough.
  5. Chest pain.
  6. Foul breath.
  7. Hemoptysis.
  8. Weight loss.


  1. Rales sound is heard on auscultation.
  2. Finger clubbing.
  3. X-ray shows cavity or consolidation.


  1. Chest x-ray.
  2. ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) is high.
  3. CRP (C-reactive protein) is high.
  4. CBC (complete blood count).
  5. Bronchoscopy.
  6. CT (computerized tomography) scan if needed.


  1. Hemoptysis.
  2. The infection spreads to other organs, like cerebral abscesses.
  3. Pleural cavity rupture.


  1. Bed rest.
  2. High protein diet, vitamin supplementation, avoid excess fried and spicy foods.
  3. If severe anemia occurs by bleeding in sputum, then blood transfusion or parenteral iron injection might be needed.
  4. Postural drainage is encouraged.
  5. Bronchoscopy suction if needed.
  6. Oxygen is given if needed.
  7. Do culture and accordingly give antibiotics. Mostly, Amoxicillin, Levofloxacin, and Metronidazole like drugs are needed to cover broad range of bacteria.
  8. If malignancy is associated, then surgical resection might be necessary.

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Last reviewed at:
22 Aug 2019  -  1 min read




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