Fast Five Quiz: Pneumonia Practice Essentials

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


November 03, 2021

Although COVID-19 and CAP can and should be distinguished according to identification of the causative pathogen, differences between the two conditions have been noted in terms of presentation and laboratory findings. The typical CT findings associated with COVID-19 are ground-glass opacities, ground-glass opacities with consolidation, or gridlike changes. In CAP, CT findings have classically been divided into three patterns: consolidation, peribronchial nodules, and ground-glass opacities.

Cough and fever are commonly associated with both conditions, although the increase in temperature may be more notable in patients with COVID-19. Studies have also shown that liver function damage is more commonly associated with COVID-19 than CAP. Lymphocyte counts and alanine aminotransferase levels have also been shown to be higher in patients with COVID-19.

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