Ann Biol Clin (Paris). 2015 Aug 1;73(4):491-494.

Necrotizing pneumonia due to Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Limelette A1, Guillard T1, Boubee ML2, Petit JS2, Vernet-Garnier V1, Grillon A3, Toubas O4, De Champs C1.

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We present a patient with a necrotizing pneumonia due to Streptococcus pneumoniae. This complication often affects children and is relatively rare and unrecognized in adults. Its diagnosis is often difficult on chest-X-ray and need a chest computed tomography. No risk factors predisposing to necrosis are described in literature and its mortality is not different from pneumonia without necrosis. The serotype 3 is the most common type implicated in pneumococcal necrotizing pneumonia. Study of virulence factors of S. pneumoniae and various genetic polymorphisms of the host should allow a better understanding of this complication.


Streptococcus pneumoniae; necrotizing pneumonia

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