Pyothorax with & without Fistula


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Pyothorax is a condition in which pus accumulates inside the two membranes that surround each of the lungs. What is the space between these membranes called?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a common symptom of pyothorax?

2. Sometimes, pyothorax causes a fistula to occur. What is a fistula?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Refer to this quiz/worksheet assessment to quickly determine your understanding of pyothorax. You must be familiar with related terms and the symptoms of this condition in order to successfully answer all quiz questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will measure your ability to do the following:

  • Name the space between the two membranes that surround the lungs
  • List the common symptoms of pyothorax
  • Define 'fistula'
  • Identify the medication typically administered to treat pyothorax
  • Recognize the term used to describe the procedure in which a chest tube is inserted to drain fluid and pus

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define 'fistula'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the symptoms of pyothorax
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to recognize terms describing the space between membranes surrounding the lungs and the insertion of a chest tube to drain fluid/pus from around the lungs

Additional Learning

Further expand your knowledge of this topic by reviewing the lesson titled Pyothorax with & without Fistula. This lesson provides you with the opportunity to learn more about:

  • What else pyothorax is called
  • What, besides pneumonia, can cause pyothorax
  • Where fistulas associated with pyothorax form
  • Which life-threatening conditions these fistulas can lead to