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Haemophilus influenzae as a Cause of Adult Pneumonia

Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(1):35-40. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-66-1-35
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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.


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