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Viral pathogens are a common cause of severe lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) in adults. Our ability to rapidly and accurately identify viral infections has dramatically improved as slow culture-based techniques have been largely replaced by multiplex high-throughput systems. Given these advances, reevaluation of the role of respiratory viral testing in adults presenting with LRTI is important. We review potential benefits of testing, provide an overview of the most commonly used diagnostic techniques, and consider whether current evidence supports routine testing.
PMID: 29908153 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]