Fever and lower respiratory tract symptoms


Appropriate Tests

Cough, fever, shortness of breath, pleuritic pain, increased sputum production combined with or without systemic symptoms and signs

Microscopy, culture, viral, NAA, antigen testing all may need to be considered. (MCS sputum, Virus detection, Molecular genetics - microbial).

See also Influenza, Psittacosis, Pneumonia, Pleurisy, Pneumocystis infection, Mycoplasma infection, Lung abscess, Legionella infection, Haemophilus influenzae infection, Empyema, Tuberculosis, SARS, MERS coronavirus, Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). 

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