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Community-acquired pneumonia

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Community-acquired pneumonia CAP refers to pneumonia any of several lung diseases contracted by a person with little contact with the healthcare system The chief difference between hospital-acquired pneumonia HAP and CAP is that patients with HAP live in long-term care facilities or have recently visited a hospital CAP is common, affecting people of all ages, and its symptoms occur as a result of oxygen-absorbing areas of the lung alveoli filling with fluid This inhibits lung function, causing dyspnea, fever, chest pains and cough

CAP, the most common type of pneumonia, is a leading cause of illness and death worldwide Its causes include bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites1 CAP is diagnosed by assessing symptoms, making a physical examination and on x-ray Other tests, such as sputum examination, supplement chest x-rays Patients with CAP sometimes require hospitalization, and it is treated primarily with antibiotics, antipyretics and cough medicine2 Some forms of CAP can be prevented by vaccination and by abstaining from tobacco products3


  • 1 Signs and symptoms
    • 11 Common symptoms
    • 12 Less-common symptoms
    • 13 In the elderly
    • 14 In infants
  • 2 Causes
    • 21 Infants
    • 22 Children
    • 23 Adults
    • 24 Risk factors
  • 3 Pathophysiology
    • 31 Viruses
    • 32 Bacteria and fungi
    • 33 Parasites
  • 4 Diagnosis
  • 5 Treatment
    • 51 Newborns
    • 52 Children
    • 53 Adults
    • 54 Hospitalization
  • 6 Prognosis
  • 7 Complications
  • 8 Epidemiology
  • 9 Prevention
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

Signs and symptomsedit

Common symptomsedit

  • Coughing which produces greenish or yellow sputum
  • A high fever, accompanied by sweating, chills and shivering
  • Sharp, stabbing chest pains
  • Rapid, shallow, often-painful breathing

Less-common symptomsedit

  • Coughing up blood hemoptysis
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Bluish skin cyanosis
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain arthralgia
  • Muscle aches myalgia
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

In the elderlyedit

  • New or worsening confusion
  • Hypothermia
  • Poor coordination, leading to falls

In infantsedit

  • Unusual sleepiness
  • Yellowing of the skin jaundice
  • Difficulty feeding4


Over 100 microorganisms can cause CAP, with most cases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae Certain groups of people are more susceptible to CAP-causing pathogens; for example, infants, adults with chronic conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, senior citizens, alcoholics and others with compromised immune systems are more likely to develop CAP from Haemophilus influenzae or Pneumocystis carinii5 A definitive cause is identified in only half the cases


Infants can acquire lung infections before birth by breathing infected amniotic fluid or through a blood-borne infection which crossed the placenta Infants can also inhale contaminated fluid from the vagina at birth The most prevalent pathogen causing CAP in newborns is Streptococcus agalactiae, also known as group-B streptococcus GBS GBS causes more than half of CAP in the first week after birth6 Other bacterial causes of neonatal CAP include Listeria monocytogenes and a variety of mycobacteria CAP-causing viruses may also be transferred from mother to child; herpes simplex virus the most common is life-threatening, and adenoviridae, mumps and enterovirus can also cause pneumonia Another cause of CAP in this group is Chlamydia trachomatis, acquired at birth but not causing pneumonia until two to four weeks later; it usually presents with no fever and a characteristic, staccato cough

CAP in older infants reflects increased exposure to microorganisms, with common bacterial causes including Streptococcus pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Moraxella catarrhalis and Staphylococcus aureus Maternally-derived syphilis is also a cause of CAP in this age group Viruses include human respiratory syncytial virus RSV, human metapneumovirus, adenovirus, human parainfluenza viruses, influenza and rhinovirus, and RSV is a common source of illness and hospitalization in infants7 CAP caused by fungi or parasites is not usually seen in otherwise-healthy infants


Although children older than one month tend to be at risk for the same microorganisms as adults, children under five are much less likely to have pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae or Legionella pneumophila In contrast, older children and teenagers are more likely to acquire Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Chlamydophila pneumoniae than adults8


A full spectrum of microorganisms is responsible for CAP in adults, and patients with certain risk factors are more susceptible to infections of certain groups of microorganisms Identifying people at risk for infection by these organisms aids in appropriate treatment Many less-common organisms can cause CAP in adults, and are identified from specific risk factors or treatment failure for common causes

Risk factorsedit

Some patients have an underlying problem which increases their risk of infection Some risk factors are:

  • Obstruction: When part of the airway bronchus leading to the alveoli is obstructed, the lung cannot eliminate fluid; this can lead to pneumonia One cause of obstruction, especially in young children, is inhalation of a foreign object such as a marble or toy The object lodges in a small airway, and pneumonia develops in the obstructed area of the lung Another cause of obstruction is lung cancer, which can block the flow of air
  • Lung disease: Patients with underlying lung disease are more likely to develop pneumonia Diseases such as emphysema and habits such as smoking result in more-frequent and more-severe bouts of pneumonia In children, recurrent pneumonia may indicate cystic fibrosis or pulmonary sequestration
  • Immune problems: Immune-deficient patients, such as those with HIV/AIDS, are more likely to develop pneumonia Other immune problems range from severe childhood immune deficiencies, such as Wiskott–Aldrich syndrome, to the less-severe common variable immunodeficiency9


CAP's symptoms are the result of lung infection by microorganisms and the immune system's response to the infection Mechanisms of infection are different for viruses and other microorganisms


Viruses cause 20 percent of CAP cases The most common viruses are influenza, parainfluenza, human respiratory syncytial virus, human metapneumovirus and adenovirus Less-common viruses which may cause serious illness include chickenpox, SARS, avian flu and hantavirus10

Typically, a virus enters the lungs through the inhalation of water droplets and invades the cells lining the airways and the alveoli This leads to cell death; the cells are killed by the virus or they self-destruct Further lung damage occurs when the immune system responds to the infection White blood cells, particularly lymphocytes, activate chemicals known as cytokines which cause fluid to leak into the alveoli The combination of cell destruction and fluid-filled alveoli interrupts the transportation of oxygen into the bloodstream In addition to their effects on the lungs, many viruses affect other organs Viral infections weaken the immune system, making the body more susceptible to bacterial infection including bacterial pneumonia

Bacteria and fungiedit

Although most cases of bacterial pneumonia are caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, infections by atypical bacteria such as Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, and Legionella pneumophila can also cause CAP Enteric gram-negative bacteria, such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, are a group of bacteria that typically live in the large intestine; contamination of food and water by these bacteria can result in outbreaks of pneumonia Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an uncommon cause of CAP, is a difficult bacteria to treat

Bacteria and fungi typically enter the lungs through the inhalation of water droplets, although they can reach the lung through the bloodstream if an infection is present and often live in the respiratory tract In the alveoli, bacteria and fungi travel into the spaces between cells and adjacent alveoli through connecting pores The immune system responds by releasing neutrophil granulocytes, white blood cells responsible for attacking microorganisms, into the lungs The neutrophils engulf and kill the microorganisms, releasing cytokines which activate the entire immune system This response causes fever, chills and fatigue, common symptoms of CAP The neutrophils, bacteria and fluids leaked from surrounding blood vessels fill the alveoli, impairing oxygen transport Bacteria may travel from the lung to the bloodstream, causing septic shock very low blood pressure which damages the brain, kidney, and heart


A variety of parasites can affect the lungs, generally entering the body through the skin or by being swallowed They then travel to the lungs through the blood, where the combination of cell destruction and immune response disrupts oxygen transport


Patients with symptoms of CAP require evaluation Diagnosis of pneumonia is made clinically, rather than on the basis of a particular test11 Evaluation begins with a physical examination by a health provider, which may reveal fever, an increased respiratory rate tachypnea, low blood pressure hypotension, a fast heart rate tachycardia and changes in the amount of oxygen in the blood Palpating the chest as it expands and tapping the chest wall percussion to identify dull, non-resonant areas can identify stiffness and fluid, signs of CAP Listening to the lungs with a stethoscope auscultation can also reveal signs associated with CAP A lack of normal breath sounds or the presence of crackles can indicate fluid consolidation Increased vibration of the chest when speaking, known as tactile fremitus, and increased volume of whispered speech during auscultation can also indicate fluid12

When signs of pneumonia are discovered during evaluation, chest X-rays, are performed to support a diagnosis of CAP, and examination of the blood and sputum for infectious microorganisms and blood tests may be used to support a diagnosis of CAP11 Diagnostic tools depend on the severity of illness, local practices and concern about complications of the infection All patients with CAP should have their blood oxygen monitored with pulse oximetry In some cases, arterial blood gas analysis may be required to determine the amount of oxygen in the blood A complete blood count CBC may reveal extra white blood cells, indicating infection

Chest X-rays and X-ray computed tomography CT can reveal areas of opacity seen as white, indicating consolidation CAP does not always appear on x-rays, because the disease is in its initial stages or involves a part of the lung an x-ray does not see well In some cases, chest CT can reveal pneumonia not seen on x-rays However, congestive heart failure or other types of lung damage can mimic CAP on x-rays13

Several tests can identify the cause of CAP Blood cultures can isolate bacteria or fungi in the bloodstream Sputum Gram staining and culture can also reveal the causative microorganism In severe cases, bronchoscopy can collect fluid for culture Special tests can be performed if an uncommon microorganism is suspected, such as urinalysis for Legionella antigen in Legionnaires' disease


Chest X-rays of a CAP patient before left and after treatment

CAP is treated with an antibiotic that kills the offending microorganism and by managing complications If the causative microorganism is unidentified often the case, the laboratory identifies the most-effective antibiotic; this may take several days

Health professionals consider a person's risk factors for various organisms when choosing an initial antibiotic Additional consideration is given to the treatment setting; most patients are cured by oral medication, while others must be hospitalized for intravenous therapy or intensive care

Therapy for older children and adults generally includes treatment for atypical bacteria: typically a macrolide antibiotic such as azithromycin or clarithromycin or a quinolone, such as levofloxacin Doxycycline is the antibiotic of choice in the UK for atypical bacteria, due to increased clostridium difficile colitis in hospital patients linked to the increased use of clarithromycin


Most newborn infants with CAP are hospitalized, receiving IV ampicillin and gentamicin for at least ten days to treat the common causative agents streptococcus agalactiae, listeria monocytogenes and escherichia coli To treat the herpes simplex virus, IV acyclovir is administered for 21 days


Treatment of CAP in children depends on the child's age and the severity of illness Children under five are not usually treated for atypical bacteria If hospitalization is not required, a seven-day course of amoxicillin is often prescribed, with co-trimaxazole an alternative when there is allergy to penicillins14 Further studies are needed to confirm the efficacy of newer antibiotics15 With the increase in drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae, antibiotics such as cefpodoxime may become more popular16 Hospitalized children receive intravenous ampicillin, ceftriaxone or cefotaxime, and a recent study found that a three-day course of antibiotics seems sufficient for most mild-to-moderate CAP in children17


In 2001 the American Thoracic Society, drawing on the work of the British and Canadian Thoracic Societies, established guidelines for the management of adult CAP dividing patients into four categories based on common organisms:18

  • Healthy outpatients without risk factors: This group the largest is composed of otherwise-healthy patients without risk factors for DRSP, enteric gram-negative bacteria, pseudomonas or other, less-common, causes of CAP Primary microoganisms are viruses, atypical bacteria, penicillin-sensitive streptococcus pneumoniae and haemophilus influenzae Recommended drugs are macrolide antibiotics, such as azithromycin or clarithromycin, for seven19 to ten days
  • Outpatients with underlying illness or risk factors: Although this group does not require hospitalization, patients have underlying health problems such as emphysema or heart failure or are at risk for DRSP or enteric gram-negative bacteria They are treated with a quinolone active against streptococcus pneumoniae such as levofloxacin or a β-lactam antibiotic such as cefpodoxime, cefuroxime, amoxicillin or amoxicillin/clavulanic acid and a macrolide antibiotic, such as azithromycin or clarithromycin, for seven to ten days20
  • Hospitalized patients without risk for pseudomonas: This group requires intravenous antibiotics, with a quinolone active against streptococcus pneumoniae such as levofloxacin, a β-lactam antibiotic such as cefotaxime, ceftriaxone, ampicillin/sulbactam or high-dose ampicillin plus a macrolide antibiotic such as azithromycin or clarithromycin for seven to ten days
  • Intensive-care patients at risk for pseudomonas aeruginosa: These patients require antibiotics targeting this difficult-to-eradicate bacterium One regimen is an intravenous antipseudomonal beta-lactam such as cefepime, imipenem, meropenem or piperacillin/tazobactam, plus an IV antipseudomonal fluoroquinolone such as levofloxacin Another is an IV antipseudomonal beta-lactam such as cefepime, imipenem, meropenem or piperacillin/tazobactam, plus an aminoglycoside such as gentamicin or tobramycin, plus a macrolide such as azithromycin or a nonpseudomonal fluoroquinolone such as ciprofloxacin

For mild-to-moderate CAP, shorter courses of antibiotics 3–7 days seem to be sufficient17


Some CAP patients require intensive care, with clinical prediction rules such as the pneumonia severity index and CURB-65 guiding the decision to hospitalize21 Factors increasing the need for hospitalization include:

  • Age greater than 65
  • Underlying chronic illnesses
  • Respiratory rate greater than 30 per minute
  • Systolic blood pressure less than 90 mmHg
  • Heart rate greater than 125 per minute
  • Temperature below 35 or over 40 °C
  • Confusion
  • Evidence of infection outside the lung

Laboratory results indicating hospitalization include:

  • Arterial oxygen tension less than 60 mm Hg
  • Carbon dioxide over 50 mmHg or pH under 735 while breathing room air
  • Hematocrit under 30 percent
  • Creatinine over 12 mg/dl or blood urea nitrogen over 20 mg/dl
  • White-blood-cell count under 4 × 10^9/L or over 30 × 10^9/L
  • Neutrophil count under 1 x 10^9/L

X-ray findings indicating hospitalization include:

  • Involvement of more than one lobe of the lung
  • Presence of a cavity
  • Pleural effusion


The CAP outpatient mortality rate is less than one percent, with fever typically responding to the first two days of therapy and other symptoms in the first week However, X-rays may remain abnormal for at least a month Hospitalized patients have an average mortality rate of 12 percent, with the rate rising to 40 percent for patients with bloodstream infections or requiring intensive care22 Factors increasing mortality are identical to those indicating hospitalization

Unresponsive CAP may be due to a complication, a previously-unknown health problem, inappropriate antibiotics for the causative organism, a previously-unsuspected microorganism such as tuberculosis or a condition mimicking CAP such as granuloma with polyangiitis Additional tests include X-ray computed tomography, bronchoscopy or lung biopsy


Major complications of CAP include:

  • Sepsis, when microorganisms enter the bloodstream and the immune system responds Sepsis often occurs with bacterial pneumonia, with streptococcus pneumoniae the most-common cause Patients with sepsis require intensive care, with blood-pressure monitoring and support against hypotension Sepsis can cause liver, kidney and heart damage
  • Respiratory failure: CAP patients often have dyspnea, which may require support Non-invasive machines such as bilevel positive airway pressure, a tracheal tube or a ventilator may be used
  • Pleural effusion and empyema: Microorganisms from the lung may trigger fluid collection in the pleural cavity If the microorganisms are in the fluid, the collection is an empyema If pleural fluid is present, it should be collected with a needle and examined Depending on the results, complete drainage of the fluid with a chest tube may be necessary If the fluid is not drained, bacteria may continue to proliferate because antibiotics do not penetrate the pleural cavity well
  • Abscess: A pocket of fluid and bacteria may be seen on an X-ray as a cavity in the lung Abscesses, typical of aspiration pneumonia, usually contain a mixture of anaerobic bacteria Although antibiotics can usually cure abscesses, sometimes they require drainage by a surgeon or radiologist


CAP is common worldwide, and a major cause of death in all age groups In children, most deaths over two million a year occur in newborn period According to a World Health Organization estimate, one in three newborn deaths are from pneumonia23 Mortality decreases with age until late adulthood, with the elderly at risk for CAP and its associated mortality

More CAP cases occur during the winter than at other times of the year CAP is more common in males than females, and more common in black people than Caucasianscitation needed Patients with underlying illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease, cystic fibrosis, COPD, tobacco smoking, alcoholism or immune-system problems have an increased risk of developing pneumonia24


CAP may be prevented by treating underlying illnesses increasing its risk, by smoking cessation and vaccination of children and adults Vaccination against haemophilus influenzae and streptococcus pneumoniae in the first year of life has reduced their role in childhood CAP A vaccine against streptococcus pneumoniae, available for adults, is recommended for healthy individuals over 65 and all adults with COPD, heart failure, diabetes mellitus, cirrhosis, alcoholism, cerebrospinal fluid leaks or who have had a splenectomy Re-vaccination may be required after five or ten years25

Patients who are vaccinated against streptococcus pneumoniae, health professionals, nursing-home residents and pregnant women should be vaccinated annually against influenza26 During an outbreak, drugs such as amantadine, rimantadine, zanamivir and oseltamivir have been demonstrated to prevent influenza27

See alsoedit

  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Viral pneumonia
  • Fungal pneumonia
  • Parasitic pneumonia


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External linksedit

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America/American Thoracic Society Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Adults PDF

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