Hospital acquired pneumonia

Case contributed by Dr Aditya Shetty


An elderly male patient presented to emergency with head injury. Admitted to ICU for observation. Developed a cough after few days.

Patient Data

Age: 55
Gender: Male

X-ray shows homogeneous radio-opaque areas in bilateral lung fields. These represent areas of consolidation.

Linear radiolucent areas are noted within the radio-opaque area in the right mid-zone. This represents an air bronchogram.

Case Discussion

Hospital acquired pneumonia (HAP) is a clinical diagnosis but seems appropriate given the clinical history of this patient.

It is also known as Nosocomial pneumonia.

Elderly patients are more prone to such infections.

Common culprits are Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae.

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Case information

rID: 26828
Case created: 9th Jan 2014
Last edited: 13th Jul 2017
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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