Nonresolving pneumonia in an otherwise healthy patient

Michael B. Gotway, Jessica W.T. Leung, Samuel K. Dawn, Arthur Hill

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Abstract

Chest radiographs in patients with community-acquired pneumonia usually show resolution of opacities within a matter of a few weeks following the initiation of treatment. For elderly patients, patients requiring hospitalization for treatment of pneumonia, and patients with hospital-acquired pneumonia, radiographic resolution of pneumonia may be prolonged. Chest radiographic findings suggesting pneumonia that persists beyond 3 months following presentation should raise concern for infection with resistant organisms, unusual pulmonary pathogens, neoplasms, or a host of noninfectious inflammatory lesions. For such patients, further evaluation with thoracic computed tomography scanning, as well as invasive diagnostic procedures, are often required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-200
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Pulmonary Medicine
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2004

Keywords

  • Amebiasis
  • Pneumonia
  • Radiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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