Anyone know what is empyema or bronchitis ?

What are the symptoms and is empyema like pneumonia?

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  • Jess
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    bron·chi·tis (brŏn-kī'tĭs, brŏng-)


    1. Chronic or acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes.

    2. A disease marked by this inflammation.

    bron·chit'ic (-kĭt'ĭk) adj.

    –noun Pathology. a collection of pus in a body cavity, esp. the pleural cavity.

    Also called pyothorax.



    1605–15; < LL < Gk empýēma abscess, equiv. to em- em- 2 + pyē- (var. s. of pyeîn to suppurate, akin to pýon, pýos pus) + -ma n. suffix denoting result of action

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  • CB
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Pleural empyema is pus in the lungs and around the lungs. It is like pneumonia in a way, but significantly more serious in most cases.

    Although obviously pneumonia can be fatal as well. Often a chest tube has to be inserted to drain the pus off or even surgery in cases of empyema. In an otherwise healthy person, antibiotics are usually sufficient to resolve pneumonia. Bronchitis is simply irritation of the bronchial tubes and can be mild, moderate or severe.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Empyema is serious and you are not out walking around with an empyema. You are in the hospital with high doses of IV antibiotics and have a pulmonary specialist working trying to clear it up. Its life threatening. Bronchitis is in the bronchs. Its not life threatening usually and can be cured with oral antibiotics.

    I agree with Supervib above me. Obviously he is in medicine or has had this procedure.

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  • 1 decade ago

    empyema is a collection of pus in the space between lung and inside of chest wall. empyema is like pneumonia you feel fever cough fatigue shortness of breath and chest pain.

    bronchitis make you feel like a lack of energy you have a cold that is frequent and produces mucus wheezing sound when you breath that ma y be present

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  • 1 decade ago

    Empyema is not pneumonia but has symptoms of pneumonia.

    Bronchitis is when your bronchial tubes becomes inflamed and you usually cough a lot.

    They're both respiratory diseases usually cause by smoking.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    im not sure about empyema but ive had bronchitus before , bronchitus is like a bad chest infection but not as bad as pneumonia . the symptons were pretty much like a chest infections coughs and wheezing maybe a pain when you breathe in , if you think you might have go doctors they'll give you antibiotics and they work straight away x

    hope i helped

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  • 1 decade ago

    its like pneumonia and you develope alot of mucis in you lungs side affects are coughing headache and backache

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