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October 8, 2003

Patients With Viral Infections Who Demand Antibiotics—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(14):1851. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1851-a

To the Editor: In his Clinical Crossroads article, Dr Gonzales1 discussed the common scenario of a patient demanding antibiotics for acute respiratory infection (ARI). One difficulty in the management of ARIs is making a diagnosis. Rapid viral diagnostic tests are now available for a number of respiratory viruses, although their role in assessment and management of patients with ARI remains unclear.

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