Initial microbiologic studies did not affect outcome in adults hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia.

@article{Sanyal1999InitialMS,
  title={Initial microbiologic studies did not affect outcome in adults hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia.},
  author={Sanjukta Sanyal and Peter R. Smith and Archana C Saha and Sameer Gupta and Lawrence Berkowitz and Peter Homel},
  journal={American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={160 1},
  pages={346-8}
}
Microbiologic studies (MBSs) fail to identify a specific pathogen in more than 50% of patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The 1993 American Thoracic Society guideline (ATS-GL) for the management of CAP advised selecting initial antibiotic regimens based on severity of illness and comorbidities. Our study evaluated the role of initial MBS in adult patients hospitalized with CAP and treated according to the ATS-GL. In 184 patients hospitalized at our facility for CAP in 1996, and… CONTINUE READING

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