Which physical findings suggest Klebsiella pneumonia?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Klebsiella pneumonia characteristically affects one of the upper lobes of the lung, although infection of the lower lobes is not uncommon.

Examination of patients with community-acquired pneumonia usually reveals unilateral chest signs, predominantly in the upper lobes. When these signs are observed in a patient such as described in History, the diagnosis of Klebsiella pneumonia is strongly suggested.


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