Sunday, July 31, 2016

Q: 69 year male is admitted to ICU with COPD exacerbation. Patient developed Pseudomonas aeruginosa in his sputum. What is the clinical significance? 

Answer:  Hospitalized patients with COPD exacerbation who grew Pseudomonas aeruginosa in their sputum have a higher risk of mortality at 3 years independent of other factors.


 Almagro P, Salvadó M, Garcia-Vidal C, et al. Pseudomonas aeruginosa and mortality after hospital admission for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respiration 2012; 84:36.

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