What is included in inpatient care for pneumococcal pneumonia?

Updated: Aug 27, 2018
  • Author: Claudia Antonieta Nieves Prado, MD; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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Patients with pneumococcal pneumonia who do not respond or respond slower than usual to initial treatment should undergo follow-up chest radiography. Worsening disease and/or the presence of a pleural effusion may indicate the need for consultation with a pulmonologist, an infectious disease specialist, and/or a surgeon for further intervention. Oral therapy can be initiated when patients have clinically improved and become afebrile. Repeat chest radiography should be performed 4-8 weeks after therapy is completed to ensure resolution of disease. Chest radiography findings may remain abnormal for weeks to months, particularly following severe disease or complicated pneumonias.


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