Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lung Infection Pneumocystis Evaluation

The evaluation of pneumocystis pneumonia begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with pneumocystis pneumonia may include:

Most people with PCP have an impaired immune system. Additional physical findings may be present due to an immune system deficiency.

Tests are necessary to confirm the diagnosis of pneumocystis pneumonia, and determine its severity.

Tests that may be used to evaluate pneumocystis pneumonia include:

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Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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