The incidence of Chlamydia pneumoniae as a cause of community-acquired pneumonia was evaluated in a one-year prospective study in 108 patients with community-acquired pneumonia. The bacteriological diagnosis was based on culture of sputum or bronchial aspirate and examination of acute and convalescent phase sera for Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila and Chlamydia pneumoniae. A definitive microbiological diagnosis was obtained in 58 (54 %) patients. Chlamydia pneumoniae was the causative agent in 14 patients (13 %) on the basis of positive serological tests; in 10 of the 14 patients Chlamydia pneumoniae was also detected by means of an indirect immunofluorescence test using pharyngeal swab specimens. In conclusion, Chlamydia pneumoniae seems to be a common etiological agent of community-acquired pneumonia, as increasingly reported in the last six to seven years.
Incidence of community-acquired pneumonia caused by Chlamydia pneumoniae in Italian patients / F. Blasi, R. Cosentini, D. Legnani, F. Denti, L. Allegra. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY & INFECTIOUS DISEASES. - ISSN 0934-9723. - 12:9(1993), pp. 696-699.
|Titolo:||Incidence of community-acquired pneumonia caused by Chlamydia pneumoniae in Italian patients|
BLASI, FRANCESCO BRUNO ARTURO (Corresponding)
ALLEGRA, LUIGI (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||respiratory-tract infections; strain twar; etiology|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/10 - Malattie dell'Apparato Respiratorio|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1993|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02009382|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|