Thank you Dr. Annie Belzowski for an excellent presentation of pulmonary squamous cell carcinoma complicated by pulmonary abscess

Teaching Points

  • Common causes of pulmonary abscess:
    • Bacterial: Anaerobic bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Mycobacteria
    • Fungal: Aspergillus, Coccidioides, Histoplasma, Blastomyces, Cryptococcus
    • Non-infectious: malignancy, embolism, vasculitis, scarcoidosis
  • Clindamycin preferred agent, time course dependent on follow up imaging
  • Common forms of lung cancer: adenocarcinoma (40%), small cell (15%), squamous cell (30%)

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