Anti-inflammatory treatment of acute and chronic pneumonia.

  title={Anti-inflammatory treatment of acute and chronic pneumonia.},
  author={Shawn J. Skerrett and David R. Park},
  journal={Seminars in respiratory infections},
  volume={16 1},
The inflammatory response to infection is necessary for host defense but can contribute to the systemic toxicity and lung injury that may result from pneumonia. In some settings, adjunctive treatment of lower respiratory infections with anti-inflammatory agents can reduce morbidity. Corticosteroids have a well-documented role in the management of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia complicating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Corticosteroids also were found to reduce systemic symptoms… CONTINUE READING
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