How is the etiologic agent for atypical community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) identified?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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While historical clues and physical examination findings may suggest a causative pathogen, the clinical signs and symptoms of CAP are not sufficiently specific to reliably differentiate the exact etiologic agent. [6] Therefore, additional testing remains necessary to identify the pathogen and to optimize therapy in CAP.


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