[Incidence and diagnosis of pneumococcal pneumonias requiring admission to hospital]

Ugeskr Laeger. 1992 Feb 10;154(7):412-5.
[Article in Danish]


A prospective investigation of patients admitted to the local hospital during a period of one year was undertaken. A total of 107 patients participated. 50% of the cases of pneumonia were found by Streptococcus pneumoniae. The diagnosis was established partly by demonstration of antigens and increase in antibody titre and also employing the traditional methods: Blood culture, microscopic examination and culture of the expectorate or tracheal secretion. 70% of the patients were over the age of 60 years. The mortality was found to be 17%. The difficulties in etiological investigations of infections in the lower respiratory tract are discussed.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Denmark
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumonia, Pneumococcal / diagnosis
  • Pneumonia, Pneumococcal / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Pneumococcal / microbiology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Serologic Tests
  • Serotyping