Management of common infections in the elderly

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Infections are responsible for a large proportion of morbidity and mortality in elderly patients. Immunosenescence and the frequent presence of chronic illnesses increase the susceptibility of elderly patients to infection, as well as the consequences of infection. Elderly patients may exhibit different symptoms than young patients, which complicates the diagnosis of infection. This review discusses common infections in the elderly including pneumonia, urinary tract infection, skin and soft tissue infection, and intraabdominal infection. Antimicrobial regimens are reviewed as are common adverse events related to individual agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-28
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Geriatric Drug Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995


  • Antimicrobials
  • Elderly
  • Infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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