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Table 1 Demographics of patients

From: Complex pleural empyema can be safely treated with vacuum-assisted closure

Variable P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7 P8
Age 66♂ 71♂ 67♂ 76♂ 74♂ 69♂ 53♂ 53♂
Karnofsky Index < 50% Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Diagnosis NSCLC
Stage
II a
Chronic
rib fracture
NSCLC
Stage
y III a
Atelectasis Postpneumonic empyema Emphysema NSCLC
Stage
III a
NSCLC
Stage
y II b
Neoadjuvant Therapy No No Radiochemo. No No No No Chemo.
Primary Operation Lobectomy
R0
Chest wall Stabilisation Lobectomy
R0
Decort. Decort.
(thoracoscopic)
Volume
Reduction
Bilobectomy
R1
Pneumectomy
R0
Pathophys. of Empyema Postop. Postop. Postop. Postop. Recurrent Postop. Postop. Postop.
Onset Acute Chronic Acute Chronic Chronic Acute Acute Acute
Bronchopleural
Fistula
Yes No No No No No Yes No
Number of Interventions before OWT and VAC 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0
Art of Intervention Restpneum.
Débridement
Débridement Chest
Tube
- - Chest Tube Restpneu. -
Microbiological Infection Strep.
Staph.
Staph. Staph. Staph.
Pseudo.
Strep. Enterobac.
Asperg.
Staph.
Asperg.
Staph.
  1. P: Patient, NSCLC: Non-small cell lung cancer, Decort.: Decortication, BPF: Bronchopleural Fistula, Multimorbid.: Multimorbidity, Strep.: Streptococcus, Staph.: Staphylococcus, Asperg.: Aspergillosis, Acute Empyema: < 30 days, Chronic Empyema > 30 days., Restpneum.: Restpneumectomy, Pathophys.:Pathophysiology