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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Pneumonia /

ByAnna P. Lam, Richard G. Wunderink

Infections because of multidrug-resistant (MDR) organisms are a bur-

geoning problem in the treatment of increasingly complex medical

patients. Respiratory infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylo-

coccus aureus (MRSA) are especially challenging. Whether acquired from

the community or nosocomially, these highly adaptable bacteria possess

distinctive genes for antibiotic resistance and toxins that present significant

obstacles to effective care.