Empyema caused by Trichomonas

Kevin L. Lewis, Dennis E. Doherty, Julie Ribes, John P. Seabolt, Eric S. Bensadoun

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Empyema is one of the potential complications of lower respiratory tract infections. Very rarely, in predisposed individuals, empyema can be caused by Trichomonas species, of which Trichomonas tenax appears to be the most common cause. Here, we present a case of trichomonal empyema in a 56-year-old man and review the available literature of this rare occurrence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-292
Number of pages2
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003


  • Empyema
  • Pleural effusion
  • Protozoa
  • Trichomonas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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