Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Children: the Challenges of Microbiological Diagnosis

C M C Rodrigues, H Groves

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Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is the leading cause of mortality in children under 5 years of age globally. To improve the management of CAP, we must distinguish CAP from other common pediatric conditions and develop better diagnostic methods to detect the causative organism, so as to best direct appropriate resources in both industrialized and developing countries. Here, we review the diagnostic modalities available for identifying viruses and bacteria in the upper and lower respiratory tract of children, with a discussion of their utility and limitations in diagnosing CAP in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number3
Early online date22 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

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