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Braz J Infect Dis. 2013 Mar-Apr;17(2):179-83. doi: 10.1016/j.bjid.2012.10.012. Epub 2013 Feb 28.

Pneumonia severity index compared to CURB-65 in predicting the outcome of community acquired pneumonia among patients referred to an Iranian emergency department: a prospective survey.

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Imam Hossein Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.



To compare the prognostic value of the pneumonia severity index and the severity score for community-acquired pneumonia (CURB-65) in predicting mortality and the need for ICU admission of patients with community-acquired pneumonia referred to our emergency department.


This prospective study was performed on patients with community-acquired pneumonia admitted to the emergency department of Imam Hossein Medical Center, Tehran, Iran. A questionnaire with demographic information, clinical signs and symptoms, laboratory and radiographic findings was completed for each patient. The information required for calculating the pneumonia severity index and CURB-65 were extracted from the medical records. The patients' clinical outcome was also recorded within a month after admission.


We studied 200 patients with community-acquired pneumonia (122 men, 78 women). The sensitivity and specificity of CURB-65 in predicting mortality were 100% and 82.3%, respectively. As for pneumonia severity index, the rates were 100% and 75%, respectively. The sensitivity and specificity rates of CURB-65 and pneumonia severity index in predicting mortality and need for ICU admission were 96.7% and 89.3%, and 90% and 78.7%, respectively.


CURB-65 seems to be the preferred method to predict mortality and need for ICU admission in patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Despite their comparable specificity and sensitivity, CURB-65 is much easier to implement.

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