Which aspects of disease are important in the evaluation and management of bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Despite the frequency of pneumonia and the large body of research and literature surrounding it, controversy remains regarding certain aspects of the evaluation and management of pneumonia. Much emphasis has been placed on the utility of diagnostic testing versus the role of empiric treatment. The following three aspects of disease are important in the management of pneumonia, in which diagnostic testing can play a pivotal role:

  • Determining the presence of pneumonia

  • Assessing disease severity at the time of presentation

  • Identifying the causative agent


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