Community-acquired pneumonia: what's needed for accurate diagnosis. Symposium: first of five articles on pneumonia.

Title

Community-acquired pneumonia: what's needed for accurate diagnosis. Symposium: first of five articles on pneumonia.

Creator

File T M Jr; Tan J S; Plouffe J F

Publisher

Postgraduate medicine

Date

1996
1996-01

Description

Characteristic clinical findings of fever, cough, and rhonchi, together with a new infiltrate on chest films and documentation of a pathogen, establish a diagnosis of infectious pneumonia. Several factors have had an impact on the approach to diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia by the primary care physician. These include the expanding number of possible pathogens as well as their increasing resistance to antimicrobial therapy. Although the clinical presentation may suggest a specific cause, findings often overlap too much for reliable identification of the specific agent on clinical grounds alone. Isolation of the microorganism or determination of the presence of a specific antigen or antibody is necessary. However, even after extensive studies are performed, the pathogen remains unidentified in 30% to 50% of cases. The primary care physician therefore needs to balance reasonable use of diagnostic tests with empirical therapy.

Subject

Education; Continuing (Credit); Pneumonia – Diagnosis

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

95–102

Issue

1

Volume

99

Citation

File T M Jr; Tan J S; Plouffe J F, “Community-acquired pneumonia: what's needed for accurate diagnosis. Symposium: first of five articles on pneumonia.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed June 29, 2022, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6174.

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