Occult pneumococcal septicemia and pneumococcal pneumonia complicating pneumatoceles in a previously healthy child


ASLAN Y. , ORHAN F. , DINC H. , SOYLU H., Erduran E.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, vol.40, no.3, pp.441-445, 1998 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 40 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.441-445

Abstract

Fulminating pneumococcal septicemia without an obvious focus of infection is very rare in previously immunocompetent children older than two years. Furthermore, pneumatocele formation in pneumococcal pneumonia is uncommon. The majority of pneumatoceles are self-limited and disappear spontaneously. Here, we report a six-year-old healthy child with occult pneumococcal septicemia and pneumococcal pneumonia secondary to septicemia. Giant pneumatoceles causing respiratory insufficiency formed secondary to the pneumococcal pneumonia and were aspirated via needle under fluoroscopic guidance.