Emergency Radiology

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 159–162

Necrotizing pneumonia caused by community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: an increasing cause of “mayhem in the lung”

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10140-008-0706-5

Cite this article as:
Ebert, M.D., Sheth, S. & Fishman, E.K. Emerg Radiol (2009) 16: 159. doi:10.1007/s10140-008-0706-5


Although long recognized as a nosocomial organism, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been noted to have an increasing incidence in both immunocompromised and otherwise healthy people in the community. Community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) is genetically distinct from hospital-acquired MRSA and frequently expresses the Panton–Valentine leukocidin toxin, which confers an aggressive necrotizing phenotype and is accompanied by a poor prognosis. We present a case of CA-MRSA pneumonia with the aim to alert the radiologist of the radiographic manifestations of this increasingly encountered and frequently fatal disease.


Community-acquired MRSA Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Necrotizing Pneumonia 

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© Am Soc Emergency Radiol 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark D. Ebert
    • 1
  • Sheila Sheth
    • 2
  • Elliot K. Fishman
    • 3
  1. 1.H. Russell Morgan Department of RadiologyJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Central Radiology—UltrasoundBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Body CTJHOC 3253BaltimoreUSA

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