Which tests are performed to determine the extent of pneumococcal infection?

Updated: Aug 27, 2018
  • Author: Claudia Antonieta Nieves Prado, MD; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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Other modalities that may help define the extent of infection include the following:

  • Echocardiography
  • Middle-ear fluid aspiration
  • Pleural fluid aspiration
  • Chest tube thoracostomy or catheter placement
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS) or pleural decortication
  • Joint fluid aspiration
  • Biopsy of bone, soft tissue, or muscle

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