Patient history and physical examinations are sometimes not enough to determine whether an infection is viral or bacterial, Dr. Katherine Andreeff, a hospitalist at CHOC Children’s, tells “American Health Journal.”
In these cases, blood work and imaging may be required to make an accurate diagnosis, says Dr. Andreeff. Hand-washing and vaccination can help prevent infections, whether bacterial or viral.
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Katherine Andreeff, M.D., attended medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit. She completed her pediatric training including a chief residency at CHOC Children’s. She is active in meningitis research and has published a chapter on renal tubular acidosis.
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