Community acquired pneumonia in children: a clinical update

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Paediatric respiratory disease remains an important cause of morbidity in both the developing and the developed world. In the UK respiratory illness is the most common reason parents cite for taking their children to see the general practitioner.

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Community acquired pneumonia in children: a clinical update1. Monica Lakhanpaul1,2. Maria Atkinson2,3. Terence Stephenson2+Author Affiliations1. 1Academic Division of Child Health, Department of Medical Education and Social Sciences, Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK2. 2Academic Division of Child Health, School of Human Development, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK1. Correspondence to:Dr Monica LakhanpaulAcademic Division of Child Health, Department of Medical Education and Social Sciences, Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE5 6HH, UK;ml103@leicester.ac.ukPaediatric respiratory disease remains an important cause of morbidity in both the developing and the developed world. In the UK respiratory illness is the most common reason parents cite for taking their children to see the general practitioner, and for attendance to the emergency department with a paediatric medical problem.1Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) refers to an infection of the lung by a variety of microorganisms acquired outside the hospital setting, resulting in inflammation of the lung tissue. It is typically associated with fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and tachypnoea, but symptoms may be non-specific in young children. Radiographic changesmaybe useful to confirm the diagnosis. It remains an important cause of death in children throughout the world, especially in d

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