Clinical Cases

A Case of Pyothorax / Empyema

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Written by Dinesh Kowshik

Dr. Dinesh Kowshik’s intervention saves a 3 year old suffering with Pyothorax.

Baby D.P. aged 3 years was referred by a local surgeon who was treating the baby for more than 8 days for left sided Pyothorax/empyema. Pus continued to flow unabated from the inter-costal drain inserted into the child’s chest cavity. This condition is fatal if not quickly controlled. Stronger antibiotics had had little or no effect in controlling the infection. The baby’s health continued to deteriorate until the surgeon thought it fit to try Homeopathy, having heard of my experience in treating similar cases of antibiotic resistant infections. I was invited to see the child in the hospital where she was admitted. The child’s general health was poor with chills and high grade fever, mostly at night. The exudate too was more profuse at night.


The pus from the drain was thick yellow, blood streaked, viscid and offensive. Despite the general cachexia the child was remarkably hungry. The baby would perspire profusely especially in bed at night, the perspiration being quite offensive. The tongue was protruded with difficulty and was flabby and indented. Saliva was profuse and dribbled from the corner of her mouth. The mother complained of the baby’s foul breath and pus. Based on the child’s symptoms, the indicated homeopathic remedy, Mercurius V. 30 was prescribed at 2 hourly intervals for the first day and later 4 times a day for 5 days. All allopathic treatment was stopped during this period. The inter-costal drain was retained. The child showed a positive response within 24 hours and continued to improve without a hitch until complete recovery took place. The first X-ray taken on 28-02-2011 shows the heavy pus exudate in the left chest cavity.


The 2nd X-ray below, shows the empty chest cavity with some fibrosis at the base of the lung. The X-rays demonstrate the child’s remarkable recovery in just 12 days.



X-ray on day 12 – Chest cavity clear. ICD still in place.


The child continued to improve and was discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home. The intercostals drain was removed 6 days after discharge from hospital. The child is now very healthy and is not in need of any medical intervention.





About the author

Dinesh Kowshik

Dr.Dinesh A.Kowshik MD (HOM) studyied Homeopathy at CMP Homeopathic Medical College – Mumbai. He Graduated in 1981 and did MD (Hom) in 2009.
He subsequently settled in a rural area – Gokak, in Karnataka State and nurtured Homeopathy from an unknown entity to a favored system of treatment amongst the patients and local practitioners. He is known for his success in treating dire emergencies such as antibiotic resistant infections, gastroenteritis and post operative complications. In 2010 Dr. Kowshik was honored in Belgaum by the Central Council of Homeopathy, for his work in promoting homeopathy. He was invited to join the Bharatesh Hom. Medical College, Belgaum, as a lecturer in 2011.


  • Dr.Kowshik is able to demostrate that he can cure Pyothrox with homeopathy medicine. Can he write more about the Pyothox and how it affects children.

  • Happy to respond to Mr. Kalyansundaram – below is the information you need from a reputed Medical journal.
    Empyema is a condition in which pus and fluid from infected tissue collects in a body cavity. The name comes from the Greek word empyein meaning pus-producing (suppurate). Empyema is most often used to refer to collections of pus in the space around the lungs (pleural cavity), but sometimes refers to similar collections in the gall bladder or the pelvic cavity. Empyema in the pleural cavity is sometimes called empyema thoracis, or empyema of the chest, to distinguish it from empyema elsewhere in the body.
    Empyema may have a number of causes but is most frequently a complication of pneumonia. Its development can be divided into three phases: an acute phase in which the body cavity fills with a thin fluid containing some pus; a second stage in which the fluid thickens and a fibrous, coagulation protein (fibrin) begins to accumulate within the cavity; and a third or chronic stage in which the lung or other organ is encased within a thick covering of fibrous material.
    Causes and symptoms
    Empyema thoracis can be caused by a number of different organisms, including bacteria, fungi, and amebas, in connection with pneumonia, chest wounds, chest surgery, lung abscesses, or a ruptured esophagus.

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