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Charles Feldman, MBBCh, DSc, FCCP; Ronald Anderson, PhD
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FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The authors have reported to CHEST the following: C. F. has received honoraria for lectures and for participating in advisory boards from pharmaceutical companies manufacturing or marketing macrolide antibiotics (Abbott Laboratories, Aspen Pharmacare, Pfizer Inc, Sandoz). None declared (R. A.).

FUNDING/SUPPORT: Dr Feldman is funded by the NRF (SA) (National Research Foundation of South Africa).

ROLE OF SPONSORS: The sponsor had no role in the design of the study, the collection and analysis of the data, or the preparation of the manuscript.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Charles Feldman, MBBCh, DSc, FCCP, Division of Pulmonology, University of the Witwatersrand, 7 York Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng 2193, South Africa


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Chest. 2016;149(2):603-604. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2015.11.002
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We thank Drs Taylor and Taylor for their interest in our recently published article and for their complimentary statements. We agree entirely with their comments about emerging evidence for using measurements of the concentrations of circulating natriuretic peptides in patients with community-acquired pneumonia as a strategy to identify those at highest risk for development of complications and death. Unfortunately, however, inclusion of this important topic was beyond the brief of our manuscript. In addition to the potential clinical utility of measurements of these peptides in identifying those patients with community-acquired pneumonia at high risk of mortality, it would be interesting to speculate that such measurements may also allow us to distinguish those patients who would benefit most from treatment with antiplatelet agents.

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Feldman C. .Anderson R. . Community-acquired pneumonia: pathogenesis of acute cardiac events and potential adjunctive therapies. Chest. 2015;148:523-532 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 

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Feldman C. .Anderson R. . Community-acquired pneumonia: pathogenesis of acute cardiac events and potential adjunctive therapies. Chest. 2015;148:523-532 [PubMed]journal. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
 
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