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Article in Japanese

The value of rechecking the C-reactive protein in infants and young children with community-acquired pneumonia

Yumiko MIYAJI, Taichi KANETAKA, Akiyoshi NARIAI

The severity of inpatients with pneumonia is defined on the basis of clinical findings and serum samples, like C-reactive protein. But there is no commentary about rechecking the CRP.
We use a clinical pathway for pneumonia in infants and young children since April, 2006. We use the antibiotics recommended by the guidelines for only 3 days. After hospitalization, the mean duration of a fever is 1 day, and the hospital stay is 4 days. There are no relapsed patients within 1 week.
This result shows the body temperature is useful in the recognition of the individual clinical treatment, and it is not necessary to recheck the C-reactive protein after an antibiotic prescription. If the treatment is successful, 3 days of antibiotics is sufficient.

Department of Pediatrics, Yokohama Minami Kyosai Hospital

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Received September 15, 2011
Accepted December 14, 2011

24 (2):149─153,2012