Treatment failure in community-acquired pneumonia.

  title={Treatment failure in community-acquired pneumonia.},
  author={Rosario Men{\'e}ndez and Antoni Torres},
  volume={132 4},
Treatment failure (TF) is defined as a clinical condition with inadequate response to antimicrobial therapy. Clinical response should be evaluated within the first 72 h of treatment, whereas infiltrate images may take up to 6 weeks to resolve. Early failure is considered when ventilatory support and/or septic shock appear within the first 72 h. The incidence of treatment failure in community-acquired pneumonia is 10 to 15%, and the mortality is increased nearly fivefold. Resistant and unusual… CONTINUE READING

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