Survey of childhood empyema in Asia: Implications for detecting the unmeasured burden of culture-negative bacterial disease

Batmunkh Nyambat, Paul E. Kilgore, DongEun Yong, Dang Duc Anh, Chen Hsun Chiu, Xuzhuang Shen, Luis Jodar, Timothy L. Ng, Hans L. Bock, William P. Hausdorff

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Background: Parapneumonic empyema continues to be a disease of significant morbidity and mortality among children despite recent advances in medical management. To date, only a limited number of studies have assessed the burden of empyema in Asia. Methods: We surveyed medical records of four representative large pediatric hospitals in China, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam using ICD-10 diagnostic codes to identify children <16 years of age hospitalized with empyema or pleural effusion from 1995 to 2005. We also accessed microbiology records of cultured empyema and pleural effusion specimens to describe the trends in the epidemiology and microbiology of empyema. Results: During the study period, we identified 1,379 children diagnosed with empyema or pleural effusion (China, n = 461; Korea, n = 134; Taiwan, n = 119; Vietnam, n = 665). Diagnoses of pleural effusion (n = 1,074) were 3.5 times more common than of empyema (n = 305), although the relative proportions of empyema and pleural effusion noted in hospital records varied widely between the four sites, most likely because of marked differences in coding practices. Although pleural effusions were reported more often than empyema, children with empyema were more likely to have a cultured pathogen. In addition, we found that median age and gender distribution of children with these conditions were similar across the four countries. Among 1,379 empyema and pleural effusion specimens, 401 (29%) were culture positive. Staphylococcus aureus (n = 126) was the most common organism isolated, followed by Streptococcus pneumoniae (n = 83), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (n = 37) and Klebsiella (n = 35) and Acinetobacter species (n = 34). Conclusion: The age and gender distribution of empyema and pleural effusion in children in these countries are similar to the US and Western Europe. S. pneumoniae was the second leading bacterial cause of empyema and pleural effusion among Asian children. The high proportion of culture-negative specimens among patients with pleural effusion or empyema suggests that culture may not be a sufficiently sensitive diagnostic method to determine etiology in the majority of cases. Future prospective studies in different countries would benefit from standardized case definitions and coding practices for empyema. In addition, more sensitive diagnostic methods would improve detection of pathogens and could result in better prevention, treatment and outcomes of this severe disease.

Original languageEnglish
Article number90
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Volume8
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Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jul 11

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Pleural Effusion
Vietnam
Age Distribution
Korea
Streptococcus pneumoniae
Microbiology
Surveys and Questionnaires
Taiwan
China
Pleural Empyema
Child Mortality
Acinetobacter
Pediatric Hospitals
Klebsiella
Hospital Records
International Classification of Diseases
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Medical Records
Staphylococcus aureus

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Nyambat, Batmunkh ; Kilgore, Paul E. ; Yong, DongEun ; Anh, Dang Duc ; Chiu, Chen Hsun ; Shen, Xuzhuang ; Jodar, Luis ; Ng, Timothy L. ; Bock, Hans L. ; Hausdorff, William P. / Survey of childhood empyema in Asia : Implications for detecting the unmeasured burden of culture-negative bacterial disease. In: BMC Infectious Diseases. 2008 ; Vol. 8.
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Survey of childhood empyema in Asia : Implications for detecting the unmeasured burden of culture-negative bacterial disease. / Nyambat, Batmunkh; Kilgore, Paul E.; Yong, DongEun; Anh, Dang Duc; Chiu, Chen Hsun; Shen, Xuzhuang; Jodar, Luis; Ng, Timothy L.; Bock, Hans L.; Hausdorff, William P.

In: BMC Infectious Diseases, Vol. 8, 90, 11.07.2008.

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