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Postgrad Med. 2003 Jan;113(1):42-4, 47-8, 52-4.

Penicillin resistance in pneumococcal pneumonia. Antibiotics with low resistance potential are effective and pose less risk.

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  • 1State University of New York School of Medicine at Stony Brook, New York, USA.


Antibiotic resistance is a potential problem around the world. Among the bacteria that cause community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae is a primary concern. Resistance can occur through genetic mutations in the bacterial strain itself or can be acquired through use of some antibiotics that have a high resistance potential. In this article, Dr Cunha explores the misperceptions about antibiotic resistance and its occurrence, as well as the most appropriate therapy for CAP in the clinical setting.

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