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Pneumonia or bronchitis, how can i tell difference?

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Dr. Lawrence Shulman
Pulmonology 21 years experience
Chest xray: The best way to tell the difference is with a chest xray which would diagnosis pneumonia - without an abnormality on chest xray, it is most likely bronchitis.

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A 29-year-old female asked:

How can you tell the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

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Dr. Paul Velt
Diagnostic Radiology 42 years experience
Difficult to do: Somethings the lung sounds are similar. Pneumonia on chest X-ray has a picture that may be characteristic. Bronchitis on the other hand often times has a normal chest X-ray. Somethings the treatment may be slightly different.
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A 35-year-old male asked:

How does one tell the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Diagnosis: History and physical examination and perhaps a chest x-ray will help differentiate. The symptoms can be different and also similar, but you need to see a professional.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between pneumonia and severe bronchitis?

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Dr. Pradeep Singh
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Negative cxr: Bronchitis without any cxr evidence of infiltrate.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

How can I tell if I have pneumonia or bronchitis?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
You cannot: That difference would require an exam and likely a chest x-ray.
A 26-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?

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Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Lungs vs bronchi: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, whereas bronchitis is an infection of the bronchi, which are the upper airways above the lungs.

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