Opportunistic pneumonia: A systematic approach

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Pulmonary infections in patients with compromised immune function are being seen with greater and greater frequency. Evaluating the immunocompromised patient with pulmonary infiltrates can be frustrating, due to the variety of infectious and noninfectious processes that can produce these infiltrates. Although the radiographic findings rarely provide a specific diagnosis, by combining information from the history, physical examination and laboratory studies with the radiographic findings one can significantly narrow the range of possible differential diagnoses. This will allow for a more rational selection of further diagnostic tests and provides guidance in therapeutic decisions. This article will discuss the important findings from patient history and physical examination, as well as from laboratory and radiographic studies, as they apply to the evaluation of the immunocompromised patient with pulmonary infiltrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-197
Number of pages13
JournalPostgraduate Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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