Clinical features

May 2002
Thorax;May2002 Supplement 1, Vol. 57, pi8
Academic Journal
The article discusses about the research work that has been performed on the signs, symptoms, and severity of pneumonia. In infants, chest indrawing and a respiratory rate over 50/min gave a positive predictive value of 45% of radiological evidence of consolidation and a negative predicative value of 83%. Respiratory rate is difficult to count in healthy restless children. In children with moderate to severe pneumonia it is easier because they are more sick and quieter. Wheezing is not useful sign for determining severity in infants and young children. Serious consideration should be given to bacterial infection when the presentation is a fever of greater than 38.5 degree Celsius, recession, and techypnoea.


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