Diagnostic Dilemma in the Routine Diagnosis of Non-Resolving Pneumonia in Elderly Patients: a Cross-sectional Study
Objective: To explore the etiology of non-resolving pneumonia (NRP) in elderly patients in daily pulmonology practice.
Methods: Total 170 patients were recruited in this study to determine the etiology of non-resolving Pneumonia at Department of Respiratory Medicine, Gulab Devi Chest Hospital, Lahore. The data was entered and analyzed in SPSS.
Results: Malignancy was found in 20.5% cases, bacterial infections (other than TB) were reported in 43.5% cases, tuberculosis was reported in 11.12%, ILD was reported in 0.58% cases while, 24.1% cases showed no growth on culture. Among them, 33.52% cases were associated with pleural effusion.
Conclusion: Bacterial infections (other than tuberculosis) are major cause of non-resolving pneumonia in elderly patients followed by malignancies and tuberculosis.
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