What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of coccidioidomycosis?

Updated: Aug 27, 2019
  • Author: Duane R Hospenthal, MD, PhD, FACP, FIDSA, FASTMH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Obtain chest radiography in all patients with suspected or confirmed coccidioidomycosis, to check for signs of pulmonary infection. Radiographs may be normal or may show a variety of nonspecific changes [6, 2, 3, 7, 4, 8, 5, 59, 60, 40] :

Computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging scanning, and possibly positron-emission tomography (PET) scanning may also be valuable. For discussion of imaging studies in coccidioidomycosis, see Imaging Studies in Coccidioidomycosis.


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