Necrotizing pneumonia caused by community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: An increasing cause of "mayhem in the lung"

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Abstract

Although long recognized as a nosocomial organism, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been noted to have an increasing incidence in both immunocompromised and otherwise healthy people in the community. Community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) is genetically distinct from hospital-acquired MRSA and frequently expresses the Panton-Valentine leukocidin toxin, which confers an aggressive necrotizing phenotype and is accompanied by a poor prognosis. We present a case of CA-MRSA pneumonia with the aim to alert the radiologist of the radiographic manifestations of this increasingly encountered and frequently fatal disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-162
Number of pages4
JournalEmergency Radiology
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

Keywords

  • Community-acquired
  • MRSA
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Necrotizing
  • Pneumonia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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