Respiratory Tract Infections are diseases that are caused by infections in the upper or lower respiratory tract. The upper respiratory tract includes areas such as the nose, sinuses, pharynx, and larynx. While infections can take on many different forms, upper respiratory tract infections typically include symptoms of coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, runny nose, fever, sore throat, and nasal breathing. Upper respiratory tract infections can be any infection in the upper tract and may be diagnosed as varying conditions. Some conditions that are considered upper respiratory tract infections are tonsillitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, or the common cold. Lower respiratory tract infections differ from upper respiratory tract conditions due to the location of the infection, typically located in the trachea, bronchial tubes, or lungs. They usually result in conditions such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
Our capabilities to test for respiratory infections include bacterial, viral, and fungal pathogen detection. Typically, identifying respiratory tract infections have been difficult due to the methods previously used to culture identifying pathogens. UltimateDX uses molecular diagnostic technology that allows us to bypass the standard methods of pathogen culturing to obtain accurate and timely results.