Pneumonia in the compromised host including cancer patients and transplant patients

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 1998 Sep;12(3):781-805, xi. doi: 10.1016/s0891-5520(05)70210-5.


Pneumonia remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the immunocompromised host. The type and timing of immunosuppression will predispose the patient to infections with certain pathogens. This article discusses the types of immunosuppression and their infectious and noninfectious implications. Key points of the most commonly involved pathogens are mentioned. Finally, an approach to diagnosis and empiric therapy is discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Infections / complications
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host*
  • Mycoses / complications
  • Neoplasms / complications
  • Neutropenia / complications
  • Organ Transplantation*
  • Parasitic Diseases / complications
  • Pneumonia / etiology*
  • Pneumonia / therapy
  • Time Factors
  • Virus Diseases / complications