Fluoroquinolones in community-acquired pneumonia when tuberculosis is around: an instructive case.

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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]

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