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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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What does walking pneumonia look like on x-ray?

What does walking pneumonia look like on x-ray?

Mycoplasma infection: Walking pneumonia is the commonly used name for infection caused by the organism mycoplasma pneumoniae. It can have a varied presentation on chest xray, ranging from diffuse reticulonodular pattern to lobar consolidation. There can be some fluid collection around the lungs as well. Ct scans can show ground glass patterns or even nodular densities at times. Xray findings are non-specific in most. ...Read more

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Does walking pneumonia look like gray mass on a x-ray?

Pneumonia: Is shown on a chest x-ray as an area of "whiteness" in an area that would otherwise show normal "black" lung aeration. It could appear gray as well (just another appearance on the spectrum of black to white). There are a number of pathologies that may replace the normal "black" appearance of aerated lung (including lung cancer, volume loss, and bleeding in the lung from trauma). ...Read more

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No symptom of pneumonia but X-ray shows on right side a patchy alveolar infiltrates, rule out pneumonia.. What it could be as there is no symptom?

No symptom of pneumonia but X-ray shows on right side a patchy alveolar infiltrates, rule out pneumonia.. What it could be as there is no symptom?

Many causes: Patchy infiltrates on chest xray are a non-specific finding that could be related to many different causes/conditions. In someone who is asymptomatic (like you), a detailed history, physical examination and further testing (if required) based on individual risk factors can help find the cause. Please talk to a lung specialist for further work up. I recommend treating the patient, not the xray. ...Read more

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My dad has pneumonia right now. He has medications to control the coughing but still it is persistent. Also a tortous aorta has been noted in his x ray. Would there be any serios risks? It's almost two weeks already.

My dad has pneumonia right now. He has medications to control the coughing but still it is persistent. Also a tortous aorta has been noted in his x ray. Would there be any serios risks? It's almost two weeks already.

Cough is a symptom: Cough is symptom of many respiratory conditions it helps to get rid of the phlegm&it is not advisable to suppress it completely.It is a symptom of Pneumonia which can be caused by many different organisms,Viruses,Bacteria,other organisms of several kinds.Most Pneumonias are treated with appropriate Antibiotics&supportive care like increased fluids&cough meds.As Pneumonia clears the cough will too ...Read more

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Can you have pneumonia and it not show on chest x-ray?

Can you have pneumonia and it not show on chest x-ray?

Yes: Early phase pneumonia with fever and chills may have normal chest xray and consolidate 24-48 hours later,Consolidation can lag behind clinical symptom.and clinical improvement before xray improves.Immune compromised patients on chemotherapy with neutropenia or few white blood cells, exam can look negative. It is necessary to have white blood cells to form consolidation . Bacteria are not radio de ...Read more

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Does pneumonia always show up on a cat scan and an X-ray ?

Does pneumonia always show up on a cat scan and an X-ray ?

Just about always: The short answer is yes. Only in very rare circumstances will a pneumonia be invisible on both xray and CT scan. ...Read more

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I work in busy retail and have lower right lobe cnsldation/pneumonia via X-Ray, but feel ok other than frequent cough. Should I take a few days off?

I work in busy retail and have lower right lobe cnsldation/pneumonia via X-Ray, but feel ok other than frequent cough. Should I take a few days off?

"Walking pneumonia,": which is a a general term for pneumonia that don't make someone so sick they are bed bound. Altho symptoms are milder that the usual bacterial pneumonias, it can result in complications. Also, it can be spread thru coughing. I recommend you stay home until coughing and fever (if you have one) have resolved. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Does a chest X-ray confirm a diagnosis of pneumonia? If not, what does?

Does a chest X-ray confirm a diagnosis of pneumonia? If not, what does?

Sometimes: If have symptoms compatible with pneumonia, chest xray can demonstrate consolidation consistent with pneumonia. Some pneumonias are bacterial, fungal, and viral. Often have different radiographic patterns. Clinical exam by physician and certain blood tests are other ways of confirming pneumonia. ...Read more

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