Which factors other than exposures are important in the evaluation of bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Answer

As always, a thorough interview and determination of past medical history is of utmost utility. Inquire about the following:

  • Comorbid conditions (eg, asthma, COPD, smoking, and a compromised immune system are risk factors for H influenzae infection.)

  • Previous surgeries

  • Possibility of immunosuppression

  • Social and sexual history

  • Family history

  • Medication history

  • Allergy history


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