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Question URI as a diagnosis in the CS exam!

I've seen the diagnosis "Upper respiratory Infection" in FA--Is it OK to make that diagnosis in the CS or do they require you to be more specific as to what the URI is?
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It depends on the case of course. If you think that the diagnosis is likely bacteria URI such as pharyngitis or sinusitis, then it's better to mention those specific diagnoses.

However, if the case is more likely non-specific "viral" URI, then you can just say "viral URI" that's perfectly OK.

Viral infections tend to have general non-specific symptoms (headache, malaise, mild fever, muscle aches, runny nose, exposure to sick persons, ..etc) while bacterial URI usually is more specific such as sore throat, sinus tenderness, exposure to Strept patients, ...etc

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