Microbiological diagnostic tests for community-acquired pneumonia are useful

Adrian R Tramontana and Vincent Sinickas
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03489.x
Published online: 15 February 2010

To the Editor: Influenza causes around 8% of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) episodes,1 and during the (H1N1) 2009 influenza pandemic, concurrent bacterial infections were detected in up to 29% of fatal infections.2 Determining microbial aetiology of CAP can guide antibiotic and antiviral therapy.

  • Adrian R Tramontana1
  • Vincent Sinickas2

  • 1 Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Melbourne Health Shared Pathology Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


Acknowledgement: We thank Garry Lane from Western Health for identifying potentially eligible patients in the suburban hospitals.


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