Michael H. Zaroukian, MD, PhD; Isabel Leader, BS
To the Editor: Respiratory syncytial virus infection is not generally recognized as a cause of pneumonia requiring the hospitalization of adults, except in unusual cases involving immunocompromise, chronic disease, or advanced age (1, 2). The virus was recently implicated as a cause of life-threatening pulmonary infection in otherwise healthy adults (3), suggesting that it may be an underrecognized cause of community-acquired pneumonia in hospitalized adults. We studied the evidence of respiratory syncitial virus in 55 consecutive adult patients requiring hospitalization for community-acquired pneumonia during November through April.
Monoclonal fluorescent antibody staining for respiratory syncitial virus was done on nasopharyngeal washings
Zaroukian MH, Leader I. Community-Acquired Pneumonia and Infection with Respiratory Syncitial Virus. Ann Intern Med. ;109:515–516. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-6-515
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(6):515-516.
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