Pulmonary Infections Masquerading as Community-Acquired Pneumonia
The purpose of this research is to identify cases from patients who have been referred for consultation to the Infectious Disease Section at the VAMC, Houston, and to compare them with other cases of CAP in order to determine whether there are features that might enable non-CAP cases to be distinguished from CAP.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Retrospective
|Official Title:||Pulmonary Infections Masquerading as Community-Acquired Pneumonia|
|Study Start Date:||January 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Guidelines to treat community acquired pneumonia (CAP) have been developed and widely promulgated by important professional societies in the past 10 years. The impetus to do so came from the observation that practicing physicians were using a wide array of approaches to this common infection, many of which were substandard.
The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) and American Thoracic Society (ATS) have been leaders in this field, publishing recommendations separately between 1993 and 2003. The PI served on the IDSA committee and coauthored the publication in 2000 and the update in 2003. In 2004, a decision was made by the two professional societies to merge the committees and make a single joint set of recommendations; the PI is a member of that joint committee and a new document is being prepared for publication.
The PI has observed a tendency to apply these guidelines to cases that might masquerade as CAP but are actually attributable to other conditions, such as lung cancer, tuberculosis and histoplasmosis. Further, the recommendations do not adequately cover pneumonia due to Staphylococcus aureus.
The purpose of the research is to identify cases from the consult records of the Infectious Disease Section at the VAMC, Houston, and to compare them with other cases of CAP in order to determine whether there are features that might enable non-CAP cases to be distinguished from CAP.
|United States, Texas|
|Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center|
|Houston, Texas, United States, 77030|
|Principal Investigator:||Daniel M Musher, M.D.||Baylor College of Medicine, Houston VA Medical Center|