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How is pneumonia diagnosed?

How is pneumonia diagnosed?

Pneumonia can be: Diagnosed on many occasions simply via a thorough history, and physical examination. You can hear rales on examination of the lungs. On laboratory examinations the white count is often elevated. If there is a question the doctor may also order a chest xray. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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How do you diagnose pneumonia?

How do you diagnose  pneumonia?

Hx,Exam+/- xray: Physicians generally combine features of a presenting history with a physical exam & may be able to DX pneumonia on that basis. It's a bit harder in kids who can have one you cannot hear on physical exam, so xrays are often required. Many times an xray will be obtained to confirm what is suspected & may help define the probable germ & best treatments. ...Read more

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At what age does a diagnoses of pneumonia have a great likelihood of being fatal?

At what age does a diagnoses of pneumonia have a great likelihood of being fatal?

Real not chrono age: It really is more related to your overall health and not your chronological age. Associated conditions such as congestive heart failure have a greater determination of the probability of recovery. ...Read more

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How hard is it to diagnose pneumocystis pneumonia in us?

How hard is it to diagnose pneumocystis pneumonia in us?

Not hard: Pneumocystis can be readily diagnosed via a number of lab techniques on a sputum specimen. This is includes a test called direct fluorescence antibody test when the sputum is exposed to an antibody (protein) that can stick to the pcp fungus, or by observing the fungus under the microscope via other special stains. All this requires and adequate specimen often obtained with bronchoscopy, . ...Read more

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Is there a possibility that you are diagnose with tuberculosis or pneumonia even if you don't have a cough?

Is there a possibility that you are diagnose with tuberculosis or pneumonia even if you don't have a cough?

Possible: Usually TB or pneumonia have some symptoms. Sometimes you can find a lesion on x-ray which may turn out to be tb. But pneumonias such as fungal infection can also be chance finding. ...Read more

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My 4 yr kid have enlarged movable lymph node (post cervical) frm abt 7 months after pneumonia. Recently i noticed another one below- not sure about its duration. Shld we go for surgry to diagnose?

My 4 yr kid have enlarged movable lymph node (post cervical) frm abt 7 months after pneumonia. Recently i noticed another one below- not sure about its duration. Shld we go for surgry to diagnose?

Depends on variables: Posterior cervical lymph nodes are rarely if ever involved in response to a pneumonia.They are more likely reacting to throat or superficial skin issues in the region. They receive plenty of attention since they are easy to find. If they have gone through cycles of increasing/decreasing in size & remain peanut sized or smaller, they are likely normal.If persistently large, biopsy may be necessary. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my 14 year old daughter had micoplasma pneumonia? She was sick for 2 months with only viral diagnoses. Her chest still hurts.

Is it possible that my 14 year old daughter had micoplasma pneumonia? She was sick for 2 months with only viral diagnoses. Her chest still hurts.

Possible: Very possible to have mycoplasma, walking pneumonia, which is community acquired pneumonia in your daughter's age bracket. It is easy to do blood test for this diagnosis. Chest radiograph usually shows interstitial lung disease at both lung bases, sometimes associated with small amounts of pleural fluid. Should consult your doctor or pulmonologist. ...Read more

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What medicine do i need to take i am recently diagnose of basal pneumonitis?

What medicine do i need to take i am recently diagnose of basal pneumonitis?

Antibiotic: you need to mlet your dr decide which antibitic is best for this infection.this is serious--let your dr decide this. ...Read more

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Suddenly I am dx'ed with pneumonia..How could I have gotten it?

Suddenly I am dx'ed with pneumonia..How could I have gotten it?

Pneumonia.: Pneumonia is an infection of a lobe of the lung. Symptoms include cough, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, chills and sweats. We catch it from someone who has pneumonia and is coughing. Can develop quickly or can take some time, depending on the bacterium/virus involved. Signs include a measured fever and typical findings on a chest X-ray. Once treated, should stay away. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia

What is pneumonia

Lung infection: An infection of lung tissue air sacs ( alveoli) is a pneumonia. An infection confined to just the larger air tubes would be called bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia?

What is pneumonia?

Lung infection: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue, usually caused by bacteria, but could be viral or parasitic. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia?

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungus. It can be diagnosed by a physician by chest x-ray in most cases. Most cases (if caught early enough) can be easily treated as an outpatient. It becomes more problematic in the elderly, and more medically frail patients so get evaluated by your doctor if you believe you have it! ...Read more

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What is pneumonia ?

What is pneumonia ?

Lung infection / rxn: Any reaction in the lung that causes typical symptoms (fever, cough with phlegm, etc.) along with a visible abnormality on X-ray is considered pneumonia. Most often, it is a (bacterial) infection; however, pneumonia can be caused by a hypersensitivity (immune) reaction, viruses, exposure to harmful chemicals or inorganic material like coal dust, asbestos, & the like, radiation, & multiple others. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia?

Do I have pneumonia?

How could we tell ?: This is the public information HT site. You get the most from the site when you provide background information on a problem and ask a specific question based on that information. Without symptoms and other description of your problem, we have no basis for any conclusions. You are welcome to start over. Your posts are never linked & go to the site at random. ...Read more

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How to cure pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs causes by bacteria or virus. Bacterial pneumonia is more common in community and needs antibiotics . The prognosis depends on various factors like, immunity, age, severity of pneumonia, associated medical conditions like other lung disease, smoking, diabetes etc. the patient will need to see a doctor for exam , investigation and treatment. ...Read more

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What is pre-pneumonia?

No such medical cond: Your doctor maay be trying to simplify for you to understand that you might develop pneumonia, which can happen if you have bronchitis following sore throat and upper respiratory virus infections which are very common. Sometimes a pneumonia will follow after such infections. ...Read more