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.
GOLDSTEIN E, DALY AK, SEAMANS C. 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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