Guidelines for management of community-acquired pneumonia in adults.

February 18, 2017 at 8:42 am

Medicina (B Aires). 2015;75(4):245-57.

[Article in Spanish]

Lopardo G1, Basombrío A, Clara L, Desse J, De Vedia L, Di Libero E, Gañete M, López Furst MJ, Mykietiuk A, Nemirovsky C, Osuna C, Pensotti C, Scapellato P.

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1Sociedad Argentina de Infectología, Buenos Aires, Argentina. E-mail:


Community-acquired pneumonia in adults is a common cause of morbidity and mortality particularly in the elderly and in patients with comorbidities. Most episodes are of bacterial origin, Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most frequently isolated pathogen. Epidemiological surveillance provides information about changes in microorganisms and their susceptibility. In recent years there has been an increase in cases caused by community-acquired meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Legionella sp. The chest radiograph is essential as a diagnostic tool. CURB-65 score and pulse oximetry allow stratifying patients into those who require outpatient care, general hospital room or admission to intensive care unit. Diagnostic studies and empirical antimicrobial therapy are also based on this stratification. The use of biomarkers such as procalcitonin or C-reactive protein is not part of the initial evaluation because its use has not been shown to modify the initial approach. We recommend treatment with amoxicillin for outpatients under 65 year old and without comorbidities, for patients 65 years or more or with comorbidities amoxicillin-clavulanic/sulbactam, for patients hospitalized in general ward ampicillin-sulbactam with or without the addition of clarithromycin, and for patients admitted to intensive care unit ampicillin-sulbactam plus clarithromycin. Suggested treatment duration is 5 to 7 days for outpatients and 7 to 10 for those who are hospitalized. During the influenza season addition of oseltamivir for hospitalized patients and for those with comorbidities is suggested.



Entry filed under: Antimicrobianos, Bacterias, Bacteriemias, Biología Molecular, CONSENSOS, Epidemiología, GUIDELINES, Infecciones respiratorias, Inmunizaciones, Metodos diagnosticos, REVIEWS, Sepsis, Update.

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