Document Type : letter to the editor


1 Department of Pediatric emergency and reanimation. Hedi Chaker Hospital. 30219 Sfax, Tunisia.

2 Department of Pediatric Emergency and Reanimation, Hedi Chaker Hospital, 30219 Sfax, Tunisia.


Pleural empyema is a serious complication of pneumonia, its morbidity and mortality is important in developing country where hospital resources are limited. Different treatment strategies continue to generate controversy. We reported our experience in diagnosis and management of pleural empyema in children in a pediatric department in a development country.
The early adequate surgical treatment in children with pleural empyema results in low morbidity, shorter hospital stay and good long-term outcome.