Revista Salud Uninorte
Print version ISSN 0120-5552
VISBAL SPIRKO, Lila; GALINDO LOPEZ, Jaime; OROZCO CEPEDA, Karla and VARGAS RUMILLA, María Isabel. Community acquired Neumonia in Pediatrics. Salud, Barranquilla [online]. 2007, vol.23, n.2, pp. 231-242. ISSN 0120-5552.
Pneumonia is an inflammatory disease, generally of infectious character that affects the units of gaseous exchange, and produces various degrees of alteration in the diffusion and alveolar ventilation that may set in risk the patient's life. The term of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is given to the infection of the pulmonary parenchyma that occurs in children who have not been hospitalized in the last week or that appears 48 hours after hospitalization, accompanied or not by symptoms and/or respiratory signs of less than 15 days of evolution. All patients with some type of serious immunodeficiency or patients with chronic pathology, as well as those patients with pulmonary tuberculosis and neonatal pneumonia should be excluded from this group.
Keywords : Neumonia; infection; pulmonary parenchyma.