Which lab tests are performed in the workup of pediatric pneumococcal pneumonia?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Meera Varman, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Sputum cultures are difficult to obtain from children, and results may be falsely positive because of the high rates of upper respiratory colonization in this population.

Blood cultures should be obtained in all patients, although only 25-30% of patients with pneumococcal pneumonia have positive results on blood culture.


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