What is the role of empiric therapy in the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia?

Updated: Jul 25, 2018
  • Author: Fariba M Donovan, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Thomas E Herchline, MD  more...
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For all suspected CAP patients, in light of better outcomes with the earliest possible interventions the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recommends initial empiric antimicrobial therapy until laboratory results can be obtained to guide more specific therapy. [2]

Empiric therapeutic regimens for CAP are outlined below, including those for outpatients with or without comorbidities, intensive care unit (ICU) and non-ICU patients, and penicillin-allergic patients. [2]


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