Alcohol abuse, immunosuppression, and pulmonary infection.

@article{Zhang2008AlcoholAI,
  title={Alcohol abuse, immunosuppression, and pulmonary infection.},
  author={Ping Zhang and Gregory J. Bagby and Kyle I. Happel and Caroline E. Raasch and Steve Nelson},
  journal={Current drug abuse reviews},
  year={2008},
  volume={1 1},
  pages={
          56-67
        }
}
Excessive alcohol consumption predisposes the host to a wide range of infectious complications, particularly pulmonary infections. Factors that contribute to the development of pulmonary infections in alcohol-abusing patients include dysfunction of the protective barriers in the respiratory tract, aspiration of oropharyngeal contents, nutritional deficiencies, liver disease, and impairment of host defense mechanisms. This review discusses the complex host-pathogen interactions in the airways… CONTINUE READING

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