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Q In adults with a lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI), which symptoms, signs, and tests best inform the diagnosis of pneumonia?
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blinded comparison of chest radiographs with general practitioner (GP) assessed diagnosis.
15 general practices (25 GPs) in the Netherlands.
246 patients aged ⩾18 years (mean age 52 y) presenting to a GP with an LRTI. Exclusion criteria included severe clinical disease, recent antibiotic treatment, or hospital admission for respiratory disease.
Description of tests:
the clinical status of patients (classified as either pneumonia or other LRTI) was based on clinical symptoms and signs, and C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) blood tests.
chest radiography (lateral and postero anterior) was used as the diagnostic standard for identifying pneumonia.
diagnostic characteristics for the performances of the …
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