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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology