Table 1

Summary of characteristics of all enrolled patients with community-acquired pneumonia (n = 610)

n (%)*


Symptoms

Fever

455 (74.6)

Cough

582 (95.4)

Purulent sputum

536 (87.9)

Rales

402 (65.9)

Leukocytosis > 10 × 109/L

260 (42.6)

Modifying factors

Exposure to a child in a day care center

7 (1.2)

β-lactam therapy within the past 3 months

120 (19.7)

Broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy for > 7 d in the past two months

61 (10.0)

Corticosteroid therapy (> 10 mg of prednisone per day)

9 (1.5)

Alcoholism

1 (0.2)

History of pneumonia

79 (13.0)

Comorbidities

Cardiac

158 (25.9)

Pulmonary

78 (12.8)

Diabetes mellitus

33 (5.4)

Central nervous system

25 (4.1)

Renal

8 (1.3)

Hepatic

7 (1.1)


*Patient number, numbers in parenthesis are percentage of total patient number.

Liu et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2009 9:31   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-9-31

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