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Diagnosis of childhood pneumonia: clinical assessment without radiological confirmation may lead to overtreatment.

Authors
  • Zimmerman, Deena Rachel
  • Kovalski, Nahum
  • Fields, Scott
  • Lumelsky, Dimitry
  • Miron, Dan
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pediatric Emergency Care
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2012
Volume
28
Issue
7
Pages
646–649
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31825cfd53
PMID: 22743749
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Treatment of childhood pneumonia on the basis of clinical parameters alone with no chest x-ray confirmation may lead to a large portion of children receiving unnecessary antibiotic therapy. In an era when the emphasis is to decrease antibiotic resistance, radiological confirmation of pneumonia should be obtained when possible.

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