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How is viral pneumonia diagnosed?

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If you have mild symptoms, your doctor may suggest blood tests or a chest X-ray.

If your symptoms are serious, and you're 65 or older (or an infant or young child), your doctor might collect fluids. They may put a camera down your throat to check your airways, too.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “What is pneumonia?” “What are the signs and symptoms of pneumonia?” “How is pneumonia treated?” “Living with pneumonia,” “What causes pneumonia?”

Spiro, S. . Saunders, 2012. Clinical Respiratory Medicine, 4 edition th

CDC: “Types of influenza viruses,” “Respiratory syncytial virus infection,” “Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs),” “Adenoviruses,” “About coronavirus,” “Common colds: Protect yourself and others,” “How flu spreads,” “Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV): Transmission and prevention,” “CDC says ‘Take 3’ actions to fight the flu,” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.”

Ruuskanen, O. , April 9, 2011. The Lancet

UpToDate: “Respiratory syncytial virus infection: Treatment.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on April 8, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “What is pneumonia?” “What are the signs and symptoms of pneumonia?” “How is pneumonia treated?” “Living with pneumonia,” “What causes pneumonia?”

Spiro, S. . Saunders, 2012. Clinical Respiratory Medicine, 4 edition th

CDC: “Types of influenza viruses,” “Respiratory syncytial virus infection,” “Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs),” “Adenoviruses,” “About coronavirus,” “Common colds: Protect yourself and others,” “How flu spreads,” “Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV): Transmission and prevention,” “CDC says ‘Take 3’ actions to fight the flu,” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.”

Ruuskanen, O. , April 9, 2011. The Lancet

UpToDate: “Respiratory syncytial virus infection: Treatment.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on April 8, 2020

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