Fast Five Quiz: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD


November 08, 2022

Upon inspection, the characteristic physical examination findings include the presence of rhinorrhea, tachypnea, intercostal, and subcostal retractions. Other signs and symptoms of RSV may include:

  • Cough

  • Cyanosis

  • Low-grade fever

  • Rales

  • Retractions

  • Sepsis-like presentation or apneic episodes (in very young infants)

  • Wheezing

Nasal flaring and tracheal tugging may be present in severe cases of bronchiolitis. Upon auscultation, the presence of coarse or fine crackles (rales) are typical, sometimes associated with prolonged expiratory phase.

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