Letter to the Editor

Outcome Predictors of Chronic Renal Disease Patients with Parapneumonic Empyemas

Authors: Chia-Hung Chen, MD, Chih-Yen Tu, MD, Yi-Heng Liu, MD

Abstract

To the Editor:


Bacterial infections are a well-documented complication in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients,1 but to our knowledge, no study has focused on parapneumonic empyemas in these patients. We designed a retrospective study to investigate the bacteriology and outcome predictors of parapneumonic empyemas in patients with stage 4 or 5 CKD.

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