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Chest Tube–Related Empyema Due to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Could the Chest Tube Be Coated With Antiseptics?

  • Harrys A. Torres (a1), Hend A. Hanna (a1), Linda Graviss (a1), Gassan Chaiban (a1), Ray Hachem (a1), Roy F. Chemaly (a1), Essam Girgawy (a1) and Issam I. Raad (a1)...


We reviewed the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and outcomes of 3 cases of chest tube–related empyema due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Antiseptic-impregnated chest tubes were inserted in cultures containing MRSA isolates from these 3 patients, and zone of inhibition were measured. Chest tube–related MRSA empyema might complicate tube thoracostomy, and coating the chest tube with antiseptic agents could prevent this complication.


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Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 402, Houston, TX 77030-4009 (


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