Which lab studies are performed in the workup of viral pneumonia?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

Cytologic evaluation: Intranuclear inclusions often exist in cells infected with a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) virus. Cytoplasmic inclusions usually are present in cells infected with a ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus.

Viral culture

Rapid antigen detection

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay

Serologies: Particularly useful for definitively confirming the diagnosis


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!