JOHN K. FULTON, M.D.; BEATRICE C. MCKINLAY, B.A.
The Friedländer bacillus, pneumobacillus, Bacillus mucosus capsulatus, or Klebsiella pneumoniae, is usually considered to be an uncommon cause of pneumonia, a rare cause of meningitis or primary peritonitis, and an occasional urinary tract pathogen, but it is seldom mentioned relative to benign chronic respiratory disease. Yet this pathogen seems to have unique properties which make it unusually well able to persist as a low grade, chronic invader of structurally normal bronchi, sinuses and urinary tract. The type of pneumonia usually produced by this infection is exceedingly fulminating, with a marked tendency to produce lung cavitation, and it carries a high
FULTON JK, MCKINLAY BC. ROLE OF THE FRIEDLÄNDER BACILLUS IN CHRONIC RESPIRATORY DISEASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;40:245–248. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-2-245
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