A 65 year old man was admitted with segmental consolidation of the left upper lobe after having stayed in a hotel for 2 days. He deteriorated rapidly on conventional antibiotic therapy and required ventilatory support. Acinetobacter calcoaceticus var. anitratus was grown from the sputum and blood cultures, which was treated with a combination of anti-pseudomonal agent, aminoglycoside and cotrimoxazole. He made a slow but remarkable recovery from the pneumonia. Acinetobacter is a rare potentially fatal cause of community-acquired pneumonia.
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