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...
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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

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