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Lung Infection Pneumocystis Evaluation
- A normal lung exam in mild cases
- Signs of severe difficulty breathing
- Lips or nailbeds turn blue
- Dry skin
- Dry mouth
- Decreased urination
- Rapid pulse
- Rapid breathing
- Wet rales and rhonchi:
- Sounds in the chest during examination with a stethoscope
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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PubMed Lung Infection Pneumocystis References
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