Does the incidence of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) increase with age?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Advanced age is associated not only with a higher incidence of CAP but also with more severe disease, greater need for hospitalization, and higher mortality. [25, 45]

CAP encountered in the ambulatory setting is more common among young adults and is usually due to so-called atypical CAP pathogens (eg, Mycoplasma pneumoniae). [46]


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