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Clinical Characteristics of <i>Chlamydia pneumoniae</i> Infection as the Sole Cause of Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Thomas M. File, Joseph F. Plouffe, Robert F. Breiman and Stephen K. Skelton

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 29, issue 2, pages 426-428
Published in print July 1999 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 1999 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/520227
Clinical Characteristics of Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection as the Sole Cause of Community-Acquired Pneumonia

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The clinical characteristics of 26 patients with community-acquired pneumonia due to Chlamydia pneumoniae as the only identified pathogen who required hospitalization were evaluated. Most patients (18) had reinfection based on serological results. The mean age of the patients was 55 years (38 years, patients with primary infection; 63 years, patients with reinfection), and the gender representation was equal. Generally, illness was mild and associated with limited temperature elevation and nonspecific symptoms. The presence of comorbid illnesses and the requirement of supplemental oxygen therapy were the most common criteria for hospital admission.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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