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Rev Med Suisse. 2010 Nov 3;6(269):2068-70, 2072-3.

[Role of C-reactive protein in the diagnosis, prognosis and follow-up of community-acquired pneumonia].

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  • 1Service de médecine interne, Département de médecine, CHUV, 1011 Lausanne.


Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a major clinical problem in terms of morbidity, mortality, and use of hospital resources. It is well recognized that a delay in making the diagnosis and instituting appropriate antibiotic treatment is associated with an increased mortality. C-reactive protein may be helpful in the management of patients with CAP. CRP is widely used in the management of CAP, including diagnosis, prognosis and follow-up. But its usefulness is not known. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the usefulness of CRP in the diagnosis, prognosis and follow-up of CAP.

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