Last Updated: 2013-07-04
Common symptoms include cough, fever and chills, fatigue, dyspnea, rigors, and pleuritic pain.
Important historical factors to narrow the differential diagnosis are recent respiratory infection, exposure to respiratory illnesses, immunocompromise, smoking, alcohol, travel, and occupational risks.
Often diagnosis and treatment can be based solely on history and physical exam.
The most specific and sensitive test is CXR (PA and lateral).
Initial treatment is empiric with antibiotics.
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