Infections in the Elderly

Stephen Y. Liang, Philip A. Mackowiak

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Abstract

Infectious diseases remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the growing number of adults over the age of 65 years in the United States. Declining immunity coupled with aging anatomy and physiology set the stage for increased vulnerability to infections and the development of atypical presentations in the elderly. Pneumonia, urinary tract infection, and skin and soft tissue infections are illnesses commonly encountered in the care of this unique population. This article explores the etiology, diagnosis, and constantly evolving treatment of these conditions in the context of the elderly patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-456
Number of pages16
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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