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March 1982

Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae in the Elderly

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Infectious Disease and Department of Medicine (Drs Berk and Smith) and the Department of Pathology (Ms Holtsclaw), Veterans Administration Medical Center; and the Department of Medicine, Quillen-Dishner College of Medicine (Drs Berk, Smith, and Wiener), Johnson City, Tenn.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(3):537-539. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340160117023

Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae pneumonia occurred in 12 patients older than 60 years in a 15-month period. These patients represented approximately 11% of the 104 elderly patients with bacterial pneumonia in whom transtracheal aspiration was performed. Eighty-five percent of H influenzae isolates (12/14) recovered from elderly patients with pneumonia were nontypeable. Nontypeable H influenzae pneumonia occurred in the community, in nursing homes, and in the hospital. Patterns of both bilateral patchy bronchopneumonia and dense lobar consolidation were seen on chest roentgenograms.

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:537-539)