• Broad-spectrum testing detects pathogens in 34% of patients with CAP of unknown cause

    2 days ago - By Healio

    The use of broad-spectrum detection methods identified pathogens in more than one-third of children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia without a previously identified cause.“Pathogens vary by age but viruses are the most common cause of CAP in children less than or equal to 5 years, especially in the absence of lobar pneumonia and pleural effusion. However, a pathogen cannot be identified in 14% to 23% of children with CAP, even with extensive testing,” Robert Schlaberg, MD, MPH, from the department of pathology at the University of Utah and the ARUP Institute for Clinical and...
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