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      Clinical Features Predicting Mortality Risk in Patients With Viral Pneumonia: The MuLBSTA Score

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          The aim of this study was to further clarify clinical characteristics and predict mortality risk among patients with viral pneumonia.


          A total of 528 patients with viral pneumonia at RuiJin hospital in Shanghai from May 2015 to May 2019 were recruited. Multiplex real-time RT-PCR was used to detect respiratory viruses. Demographic information, comorbidities, routine laboratory examinations, immunological indexes, etiological detections, radiological images and treatment were collected on admission.


          76 (14.4%) patients died within 90 days in hospital. A predictive MuLBSTA score was calculated on the basis of a multivariate logistic regression model in order to predict mortality with a weighted score that included multilobular infiltrates (OR = 5.20, 95% CI 1.41–12.52, p = 0.010; 5 points), lymphocyte ≤ 0.8 10 9/L (OR = 4.53, 95% CI 2.55–8.05, p < 0.001; 4 points), bacterial coinfection (OR = 3.71, 95% CI 2.11–6.51, p < 0.001; 4 points), acute-smoker (OR = 3.19, 95% CI 1.34–6.26, p = 0.001; 3 points), quit-smoker (OR = 2.18, 95% CI 0.99–4.82, p = 0.054; 2 points), hypertension (OR = 2.39, 95% CI 1.55–4.26, p = 0.003; 2 points) and age ≥60 years (OR = 2.14, 95% CI 1.04–4.39, p = 0.038; 2 points). 12 points was used as a cut-off value for mortality risk stratification. This model showed sensitivity of 0.776, specificity of 0.778 and a better predictive ability than CURB-65 (AUROC = 0.773 vs. 0.717, p < 0.001).


          Here, we designed an easy-to-use clinically predictive tool for assessing 90-day mortality risk of viral pneumonia. It can accurately stratify hospitalized patients with viral pneumonia into relevant risk categories and could provide guidance to make further clinical decisions.

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                Front Microbiol
                Front Microbiol
                Front. Microbiol.
                Frontiers in Microbiology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                03 December 2019
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                1Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine , Shanghai, China
                2Institute of Respiratory Diseases, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine , Shanghai, China
                3Research Laboratory of Clinical Virology, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine , Shanghai, China
                4Department of Infectious Diseases, Institute of Infectious and Respiratory Diseases, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine , Shanghai, China
                5Clinical Research Center, Ruijin Hospital North, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine , Shanghai, China
                6Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Third People’s Hospital of Zhengzhou , Henan, China
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                Edited by: David Ong, Sint Franciscus Gasthuis, Netherlands

                Reviewed by: Christina Tsigalou, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece; Cornelis H. Van Werkhoven, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands

                *Correspondence: Min Zhou, doctor_zhou_99@ 123456163.com

                This article was submitted to Infectious Diseases, a section of the journal Frontiers in Microbiology

                Copyright © 2019 Guo, Wei, Zhang, Wu, Li, Zhou and Qu.

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