Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 109–111 | Cite as

Laboratory diagnosis of pneumonia

  • Jan W. van't Wout
Therapeutic Interventions in Lower Respiratory Tract Infections


Laboratory techniques for the diagnosis of pneumonia are discussed. Gram's stain and culture of the sputum are still the most useful techniques for the diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia. Antigen detection can provide a rapid diagnosis and contribute to the initial choice of therapy in infections caused byHaemophilus influenzae, Legionella pneumophila, Chlamydia psittaci andPneumocystis carinii.


Antigens, bacterial Diagnosis, laboratory Pneumonia Sputum 


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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan W. van't Wout
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Infectious DiseasesUniversity HospitalRC Leidenthe Netherlands

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