Age-related leukocyte and cytokine patterns in community-acquired bronchopneumonia

Ami Ballin*, Alla Osdachi, Amir Klivitsky, Ilan Dalal, Michael Lishner

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Background: Community-acquired bronchopneumonia in children is frequently accompanied by extreme leukocytosis, whereas in adults with the same diagnosis a high leukocyte count is uncommon. Data regarding differences in the serum levels of inflammatory cytokines between children and adults are limited. Objectives: To compare leukocyte counts and blood levels of various inflammatory cytokines in children and adults diagnosed with community-acquired bronchopneumonia. Methods: We prospectively evaluated all pediatric and adult patients admitted for bronchopneumonia based on clinical and chest X-ray findings. Blood was drawn for complete blood count and serum concentration of the following cytokines: granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, interleukins-6, 8 and 10, interferon-gamma, tumor necrosis factor, as well as matrix metalloproteinase-9 and intercellular adhesion molecule-1. Results: There were 31 children and 32 adults. The patients in both groups had similar parameters of infection severity. None of them required admission to the Intensive Care Unit. Mean (± SD) leukocyte counts in the pediatric and adult groups were 21,018/mm3 (± 10,420) and 12,628/mm3 (± 6735) respectively (P = 0.02). Age was inversely correlated with leukocytes in the pediatric group (P = 0.0001). A significant inverse correlation was also found between age and platelet counts. Although cytokine levels in both groups were not significantly different, age was directly correlated with MMP-9 (P = 0.03), IL-8 (P = 0.03) and G-CSF (P = 0.014). Conclusions: The immune response in community-aquired bronchopneumonia is, at least partly, age-dependent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-390
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Bronchopneumonia
  • Leukocytes
  • Lobar pneumonia
  • Neutrophils
  • Thrombocytes


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