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[Significance and prospective view of microbiological examination concerning the guidelines for pneumonia management].

Authors
  • Watanabe, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Rinsho byori. The Japanese journal of clinical pathology
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1999
Volume
47
Issue
7
Pages
642–650
Identifiers
PMID: 10442043
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In Japan, the guidelines for the management of pneumonia in adults will be established in about tow years followed by Europe and the USA. The significance and prospective view of microbiological examination concerning the guidelines for pneumonia management in Japan are discussed here. Concerning the management of acute pneumonia, the differential diagnosis between bacterial pneumonia and atypical pneumonia is necessary, but the present system of microbiological examination using culture of microbials and antimicrobial susceptibility testing is time-consuming. A quick reporting system of sputum gram-staining and molecular diagnosis in microbiological laboratories will greatly contribute to the management of bacterial pneumonia and atypical pneumonia, respectively. This quick reporting system should be combined with automatic systematization of microbiological examination in laboratories in the future.

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