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Viridans streptococci causing community acquired pneumonia
  1. M Freitas1,
  2. A Castelo2,
  3. G Petty3,
  4. C E Gomes3,
  5. E Carvalho4
  1. 1Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Federal University of Para, UFPA, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  2. 2Department of Infectious Disease, Federal University of Sao Paulo, UNIFESP/Escola Paulista de Medicina, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  3. 3Department of Pediatrics, Pneumology Section, Federal University of São Paulo, UNIFESP/Escola Paulista de Medicina, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  4. 4Department of Pediatrics, Infectology Section, Federal University of Sao Paulo, UNIFESP/Escola Paulista de Medicina, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to:
    Prof. M S Freitas
    Rua Magno de Araújo, Vila dos Bancários, 20, Telegrafo, Belém, PA, Brazil, 66113-210; marlyf12{at}uol.com.br

Abstract

In children under 5 years of age, presenting to the paediatric emergency room with clinical and radiological findings of pneumonia, viridans streptococci were isolated in 10/33 positive haemocultures as the only microorganism. Viridans streptococci should therefore not be ruled out as a cause of pneumonia.

  • CAP, community acquired pneumonia
  • VS, viridans streptococci
  • viridans streptococci
  • pneumonia
  • blood culture

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  • Competing interests: none declared

  • Published Online First 31 May 2006

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