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Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Pneumonia and ARDS: 1-Year Follow-Up

Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FCCP; Melissa E. Brunsvold, MD; Raju C. Reddy, MD; Robert C. Hyzy, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: From the Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery (Drs. Napolitano and Brunsvold) and the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Drs. Reddy and Hyzy), Department of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Correspondence to: Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FCCP, Department of Surgery, 1C421 University Hospital, Box 0033, 1500 E Medical Center Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0033; e-mail: lenan@umich.edu


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© 2009 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2009;136(5):1407-1412. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1511
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Reported infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are increasing. Although most of these cases are skin and skin structure infections, necrotizing pneumonias also have been reported. Recently, reports of community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) pneumonia have documented that it is a severe necrotizing pneumonia and often is fatal. To our knowledge, no previous reports have examined the long-term recovery of patients who have had this condition. We present a case of confirmed CA-MRSA necrotizing pneumonia with post-hospital discharge follow-up involving radiologic imaging and pulmonary function testing.

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