What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of avian influenza?

Updated: Feb 12, 2020
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Chest radiography should be performed. The most common finding is multifocal consolidation; effusions and lymphadenopathy are also observed, as well as cystic changes.

The severity of radiologically apparent disease is a good predictor of mortality, including findings consistent with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), such as a diffuse, bilateral ground-glass appearance.


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