Which lab tests should be performed in infants with suspected chlamydial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In infants with suspected chlamydial pneumonia, perform a nasopharyngeal swab for Chlamydia culture. Currently available rapid tests [37] are not approved for use on such specimens. In severe or complicated cases, consider sending bronchoalveolar lavage fluid for chlamydial culture as well. A complete blood count (CBC) revealing peripheral eosinophilia in the appropriate clinical situation is additional evidence supporting C trachomatis pneumonia.


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