ED Evaluation and Management of Pediatric Community-Acquired Pneumonia

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Respiratory illnesses are a common cause for a visit to the pediatric emergency department (ED). A good number of the patients who present for respiratory infections will have illnesses such as upper respiratory infections (i.e., common colds) and bronchiolitis. However, more serious illnesses may present with respiratory distress. Pneumonia is one such illness, along with bronchiolitis, tracheitis, and laryngotra-cheobronchitis. This review article will discuss the ED evaluation and management of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children.— Ann M. Dietrich, MD, Editor

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