Respiratory infections unique to Asia

Title

Respiratory infections unique to Asia

Creator

Tsang K W; File T M

Publisher

Respirology

Date

2008
2008-11

Description

Asia is a highly heterogeneous region with vastly different cultures, social constitutions and populations affected by a wide spectrum of respiratory diseases caused by tropical pathogens. Asian patients with community-acquired pneumonia differ from their Western counterparts in microbiological aetiology, in particular the prominence of Gram-negative organisms, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Burkholderia pseudomallei and Staphylococcus aureus. In addition, the differences in socioeconomic and health-care infrastructures limit the usefulness of Western management guidelines for pneumonia in Asia. The importance of emerging infectious diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome and avian influenza infection remain as close concerns for practising respirologists in Asia. Specific infections such as melioidosis, dengue haemorrhagic fever, scrub typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, penicilliosis marneffei, malaria, amoebiasis, paragonimiasis, strongyloidiasis, gnathostomiasis, trinchinellosis, schistosomiasis and echinococcosis occur commonly in Asia and manifest with a prominent respiratory component. Pulmonary eosinophilia, endemic in parts of Asia, could occur with a wide range of tropical infections. Tropical eosinophilia is believed to be a hyper-sensitivity reaction to degenerating microfilariae trapped in the lungs. This article attempts to address the key respiratory issues in these respiratory infections unique to Asia and highlight the important diagnostic and management issues faced by practising respirologists.

Subject

adult patients; avian influenza; community-acquired pneumonia; eosinophilia; h5n1; hong-kong; influenza; management; negative pulmonary tuberculosis; parasite; pneumonia; randomized controlled-trial; respiratory syndrome; Respiratory System; scrub typhus; severe acute; syndrome sars; tropical infection

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

937-949

Issue

7

Volume

13

Citation

Tsang K W; File T M, “Respiratory infections unique to Asia,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed February 27, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/7368.

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