VATS best in empyema? Review on literature and evaluation of a treatment-algorithm in a tertiary centre

Andreas Bartenstein, Philipp Agyemann, Christoph Aebi & Dietmar Cholewa
Introduction: The treatment of pleural empyema in children remains controversial. VATS (video assisted thoracoscopic surgery) and pleural drainage combined with fibrinolysis are up to now the two most established procedures. Large prospective and randomised trials to achieve a high level evidence[for full text, please go to the a.m. URL]