How is primary influenza pneumonia characterized?

Updated: Apr 23, 2019
  • Author: Hien H Nguyen, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Primary influenza pneumonia is characterized by progressive cough, dyspnea, and cyanosis following the initial presentation. Chest radiographs show bilateral diffuse infiltrative patterns, without consolidation, which can progress to a presentation similar to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).


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