Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia with Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure Due to Primary Infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae in a Previously Healthy Adult

Balis, Evangelos; Boufas, Anastasios; Iliopoulos, Ireneos; Legakis, Nicholaos J.; Zerva, Loukia
June 2003
Clinical Infectious Diseases;6/15/2003, Vol. 36 Issue 12, pe155
Academic Journal
Community-acquired pneumonia due to Chlamydia pneumoniae is associated with a benign clinical course. Severe, life-threatening pneumonia is rare and occurs only in immunocompromised hosts. We report a case of severe pneumonia complicated by acute hypoxemic respiratory failure due to primary infection with C. pneumoniae in a previously healthy 46-year-old woman.


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