Testing for Respiratory Viruses in Adults With Severe Lower Respiratory Infection

James M. Walter*, Richard G. Wunderink

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Viral pathogens are a common cause of severe lower respiratory tract infection in adults. Our ability to rapidly and accurately identify viral infections has dramatically improved as slow culture-based techniques have been largely replaced by multiplex high-throughput systems. Given these advances, reevaluation of the role of respiratory viral testing in adults presenting with lower respiratory tract infection is important. This article reviews the potential benefits of testing, provides an overview of the most commonly used diagnostic techniques, and considers whether current evidence supports routine testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1213-1222
Number of pages10
JournalCHEST
Volume154
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2018

Keywords

  • diagnostic testing
  • pneumonia
  • viral disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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