Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Racoon | 2011/10/04


Re: Pneumonia treatment

Dear Prof

I got an email last night from our paed in which he apologises for not being here while my son was so ill. I am very impressed with him. Anyhow, he is concerned that it might be adenovirus, so we''ll do a PCR this week to test. Next week another x-ray to see whats happening in his lungs. The little man is still very crackly/bubbly on expiration and pale, irritable and without appetite. Inbetween he is happy, but not himself. So, we remained concerned. If it is bacterial lobar pneumonia, when would one expect his lungs to clear?

Last word on last weeks experience, I agree wholehartedly that he should have hospitalized. Every bone in my body also said so. By now I should know to trust my instincts. The dear Lord created that instinct for a reason...I will not make the same mistake again.

Expert's Reply



We would have expected your son's lungs to be clear by now his pneumonia was caused by bacteria, but not if it a resistant bacteria such as Klebsiella.It is a good idea to test for adenovirus.

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