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  • Influenza and Viral Pneumonia

    Clin Chest Med. 2018 Dec;39(4):703-721. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2018.07.005.
    Influenza and Viral Pneumonia.

    Cavallazzi R1, Ramirez JA2.
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    Abstract

    Influenza and other respiratory viruses are commonly identified in patients with community-acquired pneumonia, hospital-acquired pneumonia, and in immunocompromised patients with pneumonia. Clinically, it is difficult to differentiate viral from bacterial pneumonia. Similarly, the radiological findings of viral infection are nonspecific. The advent of polymerase chain reaction testing has enormously facilitated the identification of respiratory viruses, which has important implications for infection control measures and treatment. Currently, treatment options for patients with viral infection are limited, but there is ongoing research on the development and clinical testing of new treatment regimens and strategies.


    KEYWORDS:

    Antiviral; Epidemiology; Influenza; Pneumonia; Polymerase chain reaction; Symptoms; Virus

    PMID: 30390743 DOI: 10.1016/j.ccm.2018.07.005
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