A 30-year-old male presented with left side empyema due to gastro-pleural fistula following repair of penetrating stab injuries of left lower chest and abdomen. Exploratory thoracotomy was done due to persistent moderate amount of purulent discharge. However, fistula tract was not detected through this approach. The small fistula tract was repaired finally through laparotomy. We recommended the abdominal approach if the disease is not combined with diaphragmatic hernia. Transabdominal approach showed superiority in this rare entity.
|Title of host publication||Changgeng yi xue za zhi / Changgeng ji nian yi yuan = Chang Gung medical journal / Chang Gung Memorial Hospital|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1993|
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