Which virus-specific lab studies are used for the diagnosis of measles virus pneumonia?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Measles pneumonia is usually diagnosed clinically, but laboratory diagnosis can be helpful. Measles virus can be grown in monkey and human kidney cell lines. Cytopathic effects are observed in 6-10 days. Eosinophilic inclusions are found in the cytoplasm and nucleus of the infected cells. Immunofluorescent examination of cells from nasal exudates can also be used. Paired acute/convalescent serologies are also used for diagnosis.


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