Clinical features

December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supplement 4, Vol. 56, piv19
Academic Journal
The article discusses the clinical features of community acquired pneumonia (CAP). Diagnosing pneumonia clinically without a chest radiograph is inaccurate, but the presence of normal vital signs on chest examination makes an underlying diagnosis of pneumonia unlikely. A review of published studies reported that there were no individual clinical findings that reliably diagnosed CAP. There have been a large number of publications looking at the possibility of predicting the aetiological agent from clinical features. The likely aetiological agent causing CAP cannot be accurately predicted from clinical features.


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