What is the role of chest radiography in the evaluation of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Obtain chest radiographs in all patients with suspected community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) to exclude conditions that mimic CAP and to confirm the presence of an infiltrate compatible with the presentation of CAP. [8, 9] (See the images below.)

Chest radiograph in a patient with HIV infection, Chest radiograph in a patient with HIV infection, bilateral perihilar infiltrates, and Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia.
Chest radiograph in a patient with HIV infection a Chest radiograph in a patient with HIV infection and focal infiltrates due to tuberculosis.

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