Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Viral Infection in the Lungs Evaluation

The evaluation of viral pneumonia begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with viral pneumonia may include:

Testing may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis of viral pneumonia and determine the severity of the infection.

Tests that may be used to evaluate viral pneumonia include:

Less commonly used tests that may be used to evaluate viral pneumonia include:
  • Bronchoscopy
    • Using a flexible fiberoptic scope to look at the air passageways
    • Used to obtain fluid or tissue, in order to test for the organism responsible for the infection
  • Chest CT scan

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Last Updated: Jan 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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