What is the role of blood cultures 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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The utility of blood cultures in patients with pneumonia remains controversial. Local hospital protocols should be consulted to determine which patients with pneumonia are candidates for hospitalization and who should have blood cultures drawn prior to administration of medications.


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