Devora V Lieberman

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BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to assess the causes of community-acquired pneumonia in adult patients admitted to hospital. METHODS A prospective study was performed on 346 consecutive adult patients (54% men) of mean (SD) 49.3 (19.5) years (range 17-94) admitted to a university affiliated regional hospital in southern Israel with(More)
BACKGROUND Three-hundred and forty-six patients with community acquired pneumonia were included in a prospective study of patients hospitalised over a 12-month period in the Soroka Medical Center in Beer-Sheva, Israel. Q-fever pneumonia (QFP) was diagnosed in 20 patients (5.8%). A detailed epidemiological and clinical description of this disease, is(More)
The features of community-acquired Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia (MP-CAP) were assessed in a prospective study of 101 adults who were hospitalized over the course of 1 year, and were compared with 245 patients who were hospitalized during the same period of time with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) not caused by M. pneumoniae (non-MP-CAP). MP was the(More)
In a serologically based prospective study, acute infections with four atypical pathogens were determined in 100 adults hospitalized for acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma, and compared with the corresponding rate in a matched control group. Paired sera were tested using immunofluorescence or enzyme immunoassay methods to establish the serologic(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify and characterize the aetiological agents of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) among hospitalized patients, as an aid in therapeutic decision-making. METHOD A prospective 1 year study of all patients hospitalized with CAP in the Negev region of Israel. The aetiology was determined by blood and pleural fluid cultures, and specific(More)
BACKGROUND Use of nucleic acid amplification techniques has increased the identification of respiratory viruses (RVs) in adult patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The objectives of the present study were to identify RV in patients with CAP using three different sampling methods and to compare CAP virus proportions and types with two comparison(More)
"Z" is a recently discovered microorganism that may belong to a new genus in the family Chlamydiaceae. Using an ELISA test we developed, we measured levels of serum antibody against "Z" for 308 paired sera obtained from adult patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). In 114 patients (37%), serological evidence of past infection with "Z"(More)
PURPOSE To compare patient, fracture and rehabilitation variables between male and female patients during the rehabilitation period immediately following surgical repair of hip fracture (HF). METHODS A prospective cohort study was conducted in a rehabilitation geriatric ward in a tertiary university hospital in southern Israel. The study group consisted(More)
In a prospective study, we assessed the prevalence and significance of visual and hearing impairment in 896 patients who were hospitalized for rehabilitation following hip fracture. Visual impairment was defined as visual acuity equal to worse than 6/60 in the better of the two eyes. Hearing impairment was defined as mean decibel level equal to or higher(More)
INTRODUCTION Many mechanically ventilated elderly patients in Israel are treated outside of intensive care units (ICUs). The decision as to whether these patients should be treated in ICUs is reached without clear guidelines. We therefore conducted a study with the aim of identifying triage criteria and factors associated with in-hospital mortality in this(More)