Differential diagnosis of fever and pulmonary densities in mechanically ventilated patients

F. B. Louthan, Gianfranco Meduri

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Abstract

Sepsis continues to represent a major threat to the recovery of mechanically ventilated patients and a serious challenge to physicians in charge of their care. Diagnosis of pneumonia is made difficult by numerous infectious and noninfectious conditions that may present in a clinically similar fashion. Clinical criteria are insensitive in identifying extrapulmonary sources of fever. Furthermore, several pathologic conditions may coexist in a single patient, making correct diagnosis and treatment even more difficult. A thorough understanding of the various causes of fever and pulmonary densities, other than pneumonia, is necessary to avoid misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment. This understanding then allows a systematic approach to diagnosis using the most appropriate tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-95
Number of pages19
JournalSeminars in Respiratory Infections
Volume11
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996

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Differential Diagnosis
Fever
Lung
Pneumonia
Diagnostic Errors
Sepsis
Physicians
Therapeutics

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  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Differential diagnosis of fever and pulmonary densities in mechanically ventilated patients. / Louthan, F. B.; Meduri, Gianfranco.

In: Seminars in Respiratory Infections, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1996, p. 77-95.

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