TITLE

Aetiology and epidemiology

PUB. DATE
May 2002
SOURCE
Thorax;May2002 Supplement 1, Vol. 57, pi6
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses about the aetiology and epidemiology of community acquired pneumonia (CAP). studies of the aetiology of CAP are complicated by the low yield of blood culture,the difficulty in obtaining adequate sputum specimens,and the reluctance to perform lung aspiration and bronchoaveolar lavage in children. Studies of specific pathogens are summarised in the article. All of these were prospective studies in which pneumonia was community acquired and where the case definition includes clinical findings compatible with pneumonia together with radiological changes. It was revealed that, Streptococcus pneumoniae was the most common cause of pneumonia in childhood. Age was considered to be the good predictor of the likely pathogens.
ACCESSION #
12965091

 

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