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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
In brief: Chest X ray/AB titer
Chest x ray (cxr) shows diffuse, patchy infiltrates, while wbc, esr, liver fxn.
Tests (lft) are normal. Diagnosis is made by isolation of gthe organism and seeing a 4 fold rise in antibody. Treatment is tetracycline (500mg/day) for 7-14 days. Fever and symptoms improve in 24-48 hours. Erythromycin can be used in those allergic or who have trouble with tetracycline.

In brief: Chest X ray/AB titer
Chest x ray (cxr) shows diffuse, patchy infiltrates, while wbc, esr, liver fxn.
Tests (lft) are normal. Diagnosis is made by isolation of gthe organism and seeing a 4 fold rise in antibody. Treatment is tetracycline (500mg/day) for 7-14 days. Fever and symptoms improve in 24-48 hours. Erythromycin can be used in those allergic or who have trouble with tetracycline.
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