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Staphylococcal pneumonia is most commonly seen in patients who have a weakened response to infection. These include:

  • children
  • patients with underlying disease:
    • influenza - relatively common during flu epidemics
    • chronic leukaemia
    • Hodgkin's disease
    • cystic fibrosis
  • patients on steroid therapy

Pneumonia may also arise in staphylococcal septicaemia where puncture sites may introduce infection, e.g.:

  • intravenous drug abusers
  • patients receiving parenteral nutrition through central catheters


Clark S. Hicks M. Staphylococcal Pneumonia. StatPearls. August 2023.

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