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July 8, 1998

Does This Infant Have Pneumonia? The Value of Chest Percussion

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

JAMA. 1998;280(2):134. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-2-jac80010

To the Editor.—Drs Margolis and Gadomski1 state, "Textbooks do not recommend percussion of the chest in infants because it is difficult to get infants to cooperate with this maneuver."1 However, we believe that chest percussion is helpful in the diagnosis of pneumonia, and we regularly demonstrate to colleagues, students, and residents the value of percussion in examining an infant's chest.2

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