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[Category : - CHEMISTRY- HEALTH]
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A method of diagnosing an existing or developing acute pneumonia induced by a microorganism by detecting one or more volatile organic compound(s) in respiratory air of a patient and the use of one or more volatile organic compound(s) for the detection of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus pneumoniae or Haemophilus influenza and optionally opportunistic pathogen Candida albicans. Existing diagnostic methods detecting pneumonia, in particular ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), are not reliable, especially not in an early stage of pneumonia. At a developed stage of pneumonia, imaging diagnostic techniques are used for detecting pneumonia, in particular in case pneumonia is suspected. A bacterial infection presents itself to the physician by a reaction of the immune system, e.g., by fever. For patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), with tubes and cables being omnipresent, imaging diagnostic techniques are not easily to be applied, also especially due to transport problems. The respiratory air analysis accordting to the invention provides for a reliable identification of Pneumonia (existing or developing) in a highly time- as well as cost-efficient manner, even if Pneumonia is hardly developed in the patient. This is relevant since pneumonia is highly dangerous with patients artificially respiratoried.

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- Patent-Portfolio encompassing a European Patent (valid in DE, GB and FR) and a US-Patent. A broad scope of protection was able to be obtained.

- Entire Patent-Portfolio is for sale; no rigths would remain with the current patent owner (patent owner was also the applicant).

- Market potential: high in hospitals and other health clinics

- The invention has not been commercially used/marketed yet.