A 64-year-old male asked:

If an old pt had pneumonia but wbc remains high & crp is increasingly high, it is possible for other physical symptoms to improve & then worsen? eg?

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Rheumatology 35 years experience
Concerning: At times chest xray findings are slower to normalize after the patient has improved. The WBC count and the CRP both still being elevated are concerning for ongoing infection. An older patient, needs to be carefully watched to make sure symptoms worsen. I would be much more comfortable If both the WBCs and CRP start decreasing which would support a resolving pneumonia. Good luck
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