oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Lung puncture in the diagnosis of acute pneumonia in children and adults

Volume 17, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Lung punctures were undertaken in selected cases of pneumonia, in adults and children admitted to Harare Hospital. In 13 out of 24 adults and 4 out of 7 children organisms were isolated in pure culture 'rapidly. Where respiratory swabs were examined simultaneously, there was little correlation with the puncture specimen. The puncture method has distinct advantages. (3) The technique is safe and can be widely applied. (4) Pneumococci mainly belonging to the types in Pool A (1, 2, 4, 5 and 18) are the usual cause of acute pneumonias, in Africans at Harari.

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