Viral pneumonia: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

  • Chills
  • Clammy skin
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle stiffness and aching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating

Diagnosis & Tests

Persons with suspected pneumonia should have a complete medical evaluation, including a thorough physical exam and a chest x-ray — especially since the physical exam may not always distinguish pneumonia from acute bronchitis or other respiratory infections.

Depending on the severity of illness, additional studies may be done, include:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Blood cultures
  • Blood tests for antibodies to specific viruses
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Open lung biopsy (only done in very serious illnesses when the diagnosis cannot be made from other sources)
  • Sputum culture

Pictures & Images

Lungs


Review Date : 9/24/2008
Reviewed By : Benjamin Medoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Pulmonary and Critical Care Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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