A CORRELATION BETWEEN CLINICAL AND RADIOGRAPHICAL PNEUMONIA

Dr Venkata Tulasi Ramesh Potluri, Dr Lakshmi Spandana Potluri

Abstract


BACKGROUND:

 Pneumonia, an acute respiratory infection,  is the leading  cause  of  mortality  in children worldwide(2). To combat this major issue regarding child health, WHO  developed  the  programme  for  the  control  of respiratory  infections  in  1980s  . this study was undertaken to find the various clinical markers and their specificity to the diagnosis of pneumonia

 

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Intially, all  the  patients  presenting  to the  pediatric OPD  department  with  symptoms  and  signs suggestive of pneumonia were identified.  identify  the  specific  markers  for  bacterial  pneumonia.  Later, clinical  features  in  children  with  radiological  pneumonia  were analysed to validate  the  findings.

RESULTS:

there wasn't much difference in the children in terms of age and sex. The list of clinical symptoms and signs that were seen in the children in decreasing order are as follows- cough, tachypnea, crepitations,all the children studied presented with cough and tachypnoea. Fever, and and the clinical presence of crepitations are higher in the radiographical group than the WHO classification group. The presence iof wheexe, nasal blockage and stridor were higher in the children with clinical pneumonia. When the lab parameters were evaluated, leucocytosis was significantly higher in patients with radiographically significant pneumonia than WHO recommended clinical pneumonia

 

 

CONCLUSION:

While radiological confirmation is preferred before diagnosing pneumonia, it is always advisable to look for leucocytosis before the initiation of antibiotics.

 

 

 


Keywords


pneumonia, LRTI, radiographical pneumonia, clinical pneumonia

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