Reported infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are increasing. Although most of these cases are skin and skin structure infections, necrotizing pneumonias also have been reported. Recently, reports of community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) pneumonia have documented that it is a severe necrotizing pneumonia and often is fatal. To our knowledge, no previous reports have examined the long-term recovery of patients who have had this condition. We present a case of confirmed CA-MRSA necrotizing pneumonia with post-hospital discharge follow-up involving radiologic imaging and pulmonary function testing. © 2009 American College of Chest Physicians.
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