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Revista chilena de enfermedades respiratorias

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DIAZ F, Alejandro et al. Etiology of community acquired pneumonia requiring hospitalization in Chile: implications for the guidelines. Rev. chil. enferm. respir. [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.1, pp.23-32. ISSN 0717-7348.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73482005000100004.

Background: There are a few studies examining the etiology of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) in Chile. Aim: To evaluate the etiology of CAP in hospitalized adults. Method: We prospectively studied 130 patients (mean age ± SD: 68 ± 18 y.o.; overall hospital mortality: 6.2%), over a 16 month period. Microbiological evaluation included blood and sputum cultures for bacteria; serology for C. pneumoniae, C. psittaci and M. pneumoniae; urine antigen for L. pneumophila; and nasopharyngeal swab for respiratory viruses. Results: Etiology was identified from 64 (49%) patients (two or more pathogens in 6). The most frequent microorganisms were S. pneumoniae (34%), Parainfluenza types 1 to 3 (22%), Influenza A or B (14%), C. pneumoniae (6%), M. pneumoniae (6%), H. influenzae (5%) and S. marcescens (5%). Twenty-five of 27 (93%) respiratory viruses were identified in autumn or winter. Pneumococcal pneumonia patients (19) compared to those infected with respiratory virus (23) were younger (59 ± 18 versus 72 ± 17 y.o.; p = 0.021) and had less comorbidities (47 versus 87%; p = 0.0001). No patients with bacteremia (13 of 121: 11%) died. Conclusions: S. pneumoniae remains the most important pathogen to cover by initial antibiotic therapy; the second most frequent etiological agents were respiratory viruses followed by "atypical pathogens". Recommendations for the management of patients infected with these two last categories of agents should be included in future national guidelines

Palabras clave : community acquired pneumonia hospitalized; etiology; guidelines; bacterial.

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