Inflammatory disease of the lungs due to a viral infection
Most viral pneumonia result from exposure infection in the form of aerosolized secretions.
Hematogenous and direct spread are...
Anorexia/decreased feeding in adults/infants
Cough (with or without purulent sputum production)
Rhinorrhea is predictive (OR 3.52)...
Outpatient treatment for most patients
Inpatient treatment for infants <4 months of age, elderly, or for any patient with diffuse, severe infection (e.g., hypoxemia, hypercarbia, hypotensi...
Repeat a CXR only if warranted by clinical presentation. A CXR may take weeks to resolve after clinical illness has resolved.
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J12.9 Viral pneumonia, unspecified
J12.0 Adenoviral pneumonia
J12.1 Respiratory syncytial virus pneumonia
J12.2 Parainfluenza virus pneumonia
J12.81 Pneumonia due to SARS-associated coronavirus
Laboratory testing may confirm the diagnosis of viral pneumonia, but this may not change therapy and must not replace clinical judgment.
Influenza vaccination is recommended for all per...
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