Radiological, general and microbiological investigations

May 2002
Thorax;May2002 Supplement 1, Vol. 57, pi10
Academic Journal
The article examines the relationship between respiratory signs and pneumonia by using chest radiography and other microbiological investigations. In a study of the value of chest radiography in children less than 5 years old with a temperature of greater than 39 degree Celsius and white blood cell count of 20 000/mm3 or greater without an alternative major source of infection and with no additional clinical signs of pneumonia, radiographic signs of pneumonia were detected in about 25%. This suggests that a chest radiograph should be undertaken in young with a pyrexia of unknown origin. There was no indication for microbiological investigation of the child with pneumonia in the community.


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