Community acquired pneumonia in adults and children

December 2004
Thorax;Dec2004 Supplement, Vol. 59, p21
Academic Journal
The article presents some papers related to community acquired pneumonia in adults and children. Pneumonia is a common pediatric illness. Despite this there have been no RCTs to decide whether to treat children in hospital with oral or intravenous (IV) antibiotics. Treatment allocation was decided by Internet randomization. This trial demonstrates that oral and IV treatment are equivalent. Children can now be treated with oral amoxicillin with the obvious benefits this brings in terms of a less painful and less invasive treatment. It is anticipated that most children will spend a shorter period in hospital. Some may not need admission at all.


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