What are the possible complications of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The risk of complications in CAP depend on the infecting pathogen and the patient’s baseline health. For example, various organisms can cause empyema, including S pneumoniae, K pneumoniae (classically occurring in patients with chronic alcoholism), group A Streptococcus, and S aureus. Cavitation is not a typical feature of pneumococcal pneumonia but is relatively common in K pneumoniae infections.

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