ELLIOT GOLDSTEIN, M.D.; A. KATHLEEN DALY, B.S.; CAROL SEAMANS, B.S.
The role of Haemophilus influenzae as a pulmonary pathogen in adults is not clear. The organism has only occasionally been reported to cause pneumonia (1-3), and in these cases pathogenicity has often been attributed to defects in host resistance (2, 3). The importance of H. influenzae in chronic pulmonary infections has not been definitively determined; for although the organism is frequently found in sputa of patients with chronic bronchitis and a majority of authors consider it a pathogen (4-6), some investigators still doubt its significance (7, 8).
Much of this controversy can be ascribed to difficulties in obtaining bacteriologic data.
ELLIOT GOLDSTEIN, A. KATHLEEN DALY, CAROL SEAMANS. Haemophilus influenzae as a Cause of Adult Pneumonia. Ann Intern Med. 1967;66:35–40. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-1-35
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(1):35-40.
Infectious Disease, Pneumonia, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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