Which conditions should be excluded in patients presenting with severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) with or without hypotension or shock?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
  • Print


Be wary when a patient presents with severe CAP, with or without hypotension or shock. In these patients, be sure to exclude underlying immunocompromise, asplenia, or acute pulmonary or cardiac event or a particularly virulent pathogen such as influenza or S aureus that could explain the severity of the CAP.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!