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February 1987

Invasive Haemophilus influenzae Disease in Adults

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Hartford (Conn) Hospital (Drs Crowe and Levitz), the Department of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington (Dr Levitz), and the Boston University Infectious Diseases Program, Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center, Jamaica Plain, Mass (Dr Crowe).

Arch Intern Med. 1987;147(2):241-244. doi:10.1001/archinte.1987.00370020061037

• In a five-year period, 29 cases of bacteremia and/or meningitis in adults caused by Haemophilus influenzae were seen in our large community hospital. There were 17 cases of bacteremic pneumonia and 12 cases of serious extrapulmonary infections. The extrapulmonary infections included cases of endocarditis, meningitis, cholecystitis, epiglottitis, tubo-ovarian abscess, and cellulitis. In contrast with the pediatric experience, H influenzae type B was the causative pathogen in only 45% of patients and only one isolate was ampicillin resistant.

(Arch Intern Med 1987;147:241-244)