Ailments & Conditions

Lung Abscess: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

What Is a Lung Abscess?

A lung abscess, also known as a pulmonary abscess, is a cavity full of pus. It occurs when a bacterial affection affects the lung tissue, which leads to the accumulation of pus in the area. In some cases, parasites or fungi may be the possible cause as well. An acute lung abscess lasts no more than 4 to 6 weeks. When the symptoms persist for a longer period, it is typically considered chronic. Imaging techniques may help diagnose the condition. While it can be challenging to treat a lung abscess, many options are available. These may include antibiotics, surgery, or drainage. [1]