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Scand J Infect Dis. 1987;19(6):623-7.

Bacteremic Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia.

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Department of Internal Medicine, St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Youngstown, Ohio 44501-1790.


Medical records of 44 consecutive patients with bacteremic Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia between 1980 to 1984 in a 750-bed community teaching hospital were reviewed. 36 patients (82%) were 60 years or older and the median age was in the 8th decade. There was no seasonal variation in the prevalence. The infection was hospital-acquired in 29 patients (66%). All patients had 1 or more (median 3) major underlying conditions. The chest roentgenogram was non-diagnostic; only 1 patient had empyema. Fever and leukocytosis were common. Many patients had renal insufficiency and hyperbilirubinemia. The overall mortality was 84%.

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