Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who test positive for Pseudomonas aeruginosa have a worse prognosis than COPD patients without this germ .
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a bacterium usually not found in COPD patients. According to a previous study, pathogens frequently found in sputum of patients with COPD exacerbations include Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Escherichia coli.
Dr Josefin Eklöf (Copenhagen University Hospital) presented the results of a multiregional epidemiological study, which assessed the role of P. aeruginosa in 22,053 COPD outpatients. Samples from the lower respiratory tract (e.g. sputum, tracheal secretion, bronchial secretion, and bronchial alveolar lavage) were examined for the presence of P. aeruginosa. The germ could be identified in 905 patients (4.1%) of t...
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