Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 118–120 | Cite as

Antimicrobial therapy for lower respiratory tract infections

  • Pieter J. van den Broek
Therapeutic Interventions in Lower Respiratory Tract Infections


The principles of antimicrobial therapy of lower respiratory tract infections are discussed. Making a differential diagnosis of possible causative agents of an infection is the corner-stone of rational antimicrobial therapy. Antimicrobial therapy should only be instituted when the patient will benefit from the treatment, which can not be taken for granted in the case of bronchitis.


Antibiotics Bronchitis Diagnosis, differential Pneumonia Respiratory tract infections 


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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pieter J. van den Broek
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  1. 1.Department of Infectious DiseasesUniversity HospitalRC Leidenthe Netherlands

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