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after treatment of pneumonia will the chest xray improve?

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Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes, eventually: When pneumonia is treated effectively the chest x-ray gradually inproves. The speed of improvement varies from patient to patient. I have seen x-rays rapidly improve over a few days in some cases. I have seen the improvement be quite slow over several weeks in others.
Answered on Oct 9, 2013
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
If therapy correct: If treatment is appropriate for organism causing the pneumonia answer is yes. Usually patient improves by feeling better much sooner than radiography completely normalizes. Complete radiographic resolution can lag 6 -8 weeks behind clinical improvement. If no clinical improvement then patient usually reevaluated with imaging. The wrong or a resistant organism may be cause.
Answered on Apr 19, 2015

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