Current issues in treatment of respiratory infections

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The management of community-acquired pneumonia and acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis is costly and fraught with error. Implementing widespread changes in the management of these common lower respiratory tract infections will require practical guidelines that can be applied in the clinic setting. Primary care physicians and specialists are also facing new respiratory infections. Atypical pathogen infection may be a contributor to disease pathogenesis in asthma, and antimicrobial treatment may be considered in some patients. Tuberculosis and other lung infections are increasingly seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn disease who are treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy. The severe acute respiratory syndrome and avian flu are reminding the medical community of the global health and economic consequences of novel respiratory infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-173
Number of pages7
JournalInfections in Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2004


  • Acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis
  • Community-acquired
  • Pneumonia
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome
  • Tumor necrosis factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)


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