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Clinical Manifestations and Molecular Epidemiology of Necrotizing Pneumonia and Empyema Caused byStreptococcus pneumoniaein Children in Taiwan
Clinical Infectious Diseases
Recently, there have been increasing numbers of pneumococcal pneumonia cases, with their associated complications. We conducted a retrospective review to increase the understanding of childhood pneumococcal pneumonia. Seventy-one patients with pneumococcal pneumonia were identified. Forty (56.3%) of them developed complicated pneumonia. Multivariate analysis showed that presence of immature polymorphonuclear leukocytes in peripheral blood (odds ratio [OR], 3.67; 95% confidence interval [CI],doi:10.1086/381974 pmid:14999627 fatcat:wzopnf3trvgvrhlz33m4eq74fa