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Title: Clinical management of community acquired pneumonia in the elderly patient
Author: Cillóniz, Catia
Ceccato, Adrian
San Jose, Alicia
Torres Martí, Antoni
Keywords: Pneumònia adquirida a la comunitat
Persones grans
Community-acquired pneumonia
Older people
Issue Date: 3-Oct-2016
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Abstract: Introduction: Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a major health problem in elderly persons and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Areas covered: This article reviews the most recent publications relative to CAP in the elderly population, with a focus on epidemiology, prognostic factors, microbial etiology, therapy and prevention. The data discussed in this review were mainly obtained from a non-systematic review using Medline, and references from relevant articles. Expert commentary: CAP can occur at any age, but its incidence and risk of death are linked to increasing age. Age-related changes in the immune system make this population more vulnerable to CAP. Mortality in hospitalized patients with CAP ranges from 10% to 12%. However, in the case of elderly patients, several studies have reported mortality rates of up to 25%. Pneumococcal and influenza vaccination comprise one of the most important preventive approaches for CAP in the elderly.
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It is part of: Expert Review Of Respiratory Medicine, 2016, vol. 10, num. 11, p. 1211-1220
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ISSN: 1747-6348
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (IDIBAPS: Institut d'investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer)
Articles publicats en revistes (Medicina)

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