Pathway for Evaluation and Treatment of Child with Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Outpatient Diagnostic Testing

Recommended

Not recommended

  • CBC, CRP, ESR, RRP, and blood culture

Note on Screening for Occult Pneumonia with a Chest X-ray

Routine CXRs are not necessary to confirm the diagnosis of suspected community-acquired pneumonia in healthy children with mild disease. CXR findings do not consistently alter patient management and they do not differentiate viral from bacterial etiology. Typical findings may be absent in early disease or in patients with significant dehydration.