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Prognosis of community-acquired pneumonia in adults

Thomas M File, Jr, MD
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John G Bartlett, MD
Deputy Editor
Sheila Bond, MD


Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is defined as an acute infection of the pulmonary parenchyma in a patient who has acquired the infection in the community, as distinguished from hospital-acquired (nosocomial) pneumonia (HAP).

CAP is a common and potentially serious illness. It is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality, particularly in older adult patients and those with significant comorbidities [1-3].

The prognosis of CAP in adults will be reviewed here. A variety of other important issues related to CAP are discussed separately. These include:

The epidemiology and microbiology of CAP (see "Epidemiology, pathogenesis, and microbiology of community-acquired pneumonia in adults")

The diagnostic approach to patients with CAP (see "Diagnostic approach to community-acquired pneumonia in adults")

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