What nonspecific symptoms are common in bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Nonspecific symptoms such as fever, rigors or shaking chills, and malaise are common. For unclear reasons, the presence of rigors may suggest pneumococcal pneumonia more often than pneumonia caused by other bacterial pathogens. [34] Other nonspecific symptoms that may be seen with pneumonia include myalgias, headache, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia and weight loss, and altered sensorium. [24]


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