Community-acquired pneumonia in the elderly.

  title={Community-acquired pneumonia in the elderly.},
  author={Tom Marrie},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  volume={31 4},
  • Tom Marrie
  • Published 2000 in
    Clinical infectious diseases : an official…
Pneumonia in the elderly is a common and serious problem with a clinical presentation that can differ from that in younger patients. Older patients with pneumonia complain of significantly fewer symptoms than do younger patients, and delirium commonly occurs. Indeed, delirium may be the only manifestation of pneumonia in this group of patients. Alcoholism, asthma, immunosuppression, and age >70 years are risk factors for community-acquired pneumonia in the elderly. Among nursing home residents… CONTINUE READING
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