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How is pneumonia diagnosed?

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Dr. Michael Borookhim
Internal Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Borookhim
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: History/exam/labs

Pneumonia is suspected when there are compatible symptoms this may include shortness of breath, fever, chills, cough productive of foul sputum.
On exam there may be abnormal lung sounds, a chest xray may show shadows on the lung, a sample of the sputum may grow bacteria, and a blood test may show elevated white blood cells ( that fight infection). The doc puts together all the evidence to make dx.

In brief: History/exam/labs

Pneumonia is suspected when there are compatible symptoms this may include shortness of breath, fever, chills, cough productive of foul sputum.
On exam there may be abnormal lung sounds, a chest xray may show shadows on the lung, a sample of the sputum may grow bacteria, and a blood test may show elevated white blood cells ( that fight infection). The doc puts together all the evidence to make dx.
Dr. Michael DePietro
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