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Ann Emerg Med. 1996 Jun;27(6):721-5.

Utility of blood cultures in pediatric patients found to have pneumonia in the emergency department.

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University of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To determine the prevalence of bacteremia in pediatric patients with radiographic evidence of pneumonia in whom blood cultures were obtained.

METHODS:

We carried out a retrospective review of the radiology log of a tertiary care children's hospital to identify patients with radiographic evidence of pneumonia seen between August 1991 and July 1992. These patients were cross-referenced with the hospital laboratory information system, yielding results of any CBC or blood cultures.

RESULTS:

We found 939 patients with chest radiography findings consistent with pneumonia. Blood culturing was performed in 409 (44%). Eleven of these cultures (2.7%) grew pathogenic bacteria. Review of the medical records revealed no changes in clinical management made on the basis of the results of the blood cultures.

CONCLUSION:

Blood cultures are uncommonly positive in outpatients diagnosed with pneumonia.

PMID:
8644958
DOI:
10.1016/s0196-0644(96)70189-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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