What are the physical findings characteristic of Enterobacter infections in the lower respiratory tract?

Updated: Jun 18, 2019
  • Author: Susan L Fraser, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The physical manifestations caused by Enterobacter are not specific for infection with these bacteria. Enterobacter lower respiratory tract infections can manifest identically to those caused by S pneumoniae or other organisms.

The physical examination findings may include apprehension, high fever or hypothermia, tachycardia, hypoxemia, tachypnea, and cyanosis. Patients with pulmonary consolidation may present with crackling sounds, dullness to percussion, tubular breath sounds, and egophony. Pleural effusion may manifest as dullness to percussion and decreased breath sounds.


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