SAGES launched its member-generated Wiki in 2010 and it quickly grew into a resource accessed by more than 2,500 people/month seeking advanced and accurate definitions of all types of minimally invasive surgery and diseases treated by minimally invasive surgery.
As part of the recent overhaul to SAGES web properties, the SAGES Wiki has been moved to a new home on the SAGES site. In addition to moving more than 75 member-generated articles back to the main SAGES web site, we have also completely changed the way members can interact with the Wiki:
- It’s easier than ever to become a contributor! Simply log in with your member account and head over the Wiki pages. Use the “Create A New Wiki” button on the right sidebar to add your own article.
- If you see a way to improve an existing article, simply click the Edit tab at the top of the article and make your edits.
- Want to discuss an article? All logged-in SAGES members can now comment on an article using the Discussion tab at the top of the article and post away.
Recommended Wiki: Pediatric Empyema; Emphasis on Thoracoscopic Treatment
Introduction and Epidemiology Empyema thoracis is a common cause of morbidity in the pediatric population. In 1983 it was estimated that 0.6% of pediatric pneumonias were complicated by empyema , but more recent studies indicate that the incidence is increasing. One study estimated that anywhere from 10-30% of pediatric patients hospitalized with pneumonia are complicated by empyema.  While the mainstay of parapneumonic effusion treatment is antibiotics, surgical interventions and drainage procedures have always played a role in the treatment of empyema. This purpose of this article is to provide an overview of pediatric empyema and discuss the role of video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in its treatment. Causes and Pathogenesis Empyema thoracis is defined as a purulent pleural effusion. While cases are most commonly parapneumonic (a complication of bacterial pneumonia), other rarer causes include traumatic introduction, iatrogenic introduction, and spread from other infections of the tracheobronchial tree and esophagus…