Physical Exam for Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)
Many times when a person is diagnosed with
hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), he or she is
already in the hospital because the flu-like symptoms have gotten worse
quickly. The physical exam for HPS will include:
- Checking your breathing rate for rapid breathing,
which may be more than 20 breaths per minute.
- Listening to your
heart for an increased heart rate, which may be 120 beats or more per
- Measuring your temperature, which may be
101°F (38.3°C) or
- Taking your blood pressure, which may be lower than
- Listening to your lungs for sounds that indicate the
presence of fluid (pulmonary edema).
your abdomen for tenderness.
- Examining your skin for temperature
and color. Your skin may be cool, clammy, or mottled.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology|
|Last Revised||February 22, 2012|