Fluoroquinolones in community-acquired pneumonia when tuberculosis is around: an instructive case.
Am J Med Sci. 2008 Feb;335(2):141-4
Authors: Grupper M, Potasman I
Fluoroquinolones are increasingly used for the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia. However, their use has been associated with a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. We describe the clinical and insightful bacteriological course of a 39-year-old patient with pulmonary tuberculosis who had presented as having community-acquired pneumonia and was treated empirically with levofloxacin. The case highlights a major problem associated with the indiscriminate use of fluoroquinolones.
PMID: 18277123 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]