How are the underlying causes of pulmonary infiltrates determined in nosocomial pneumonia?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: Burke A Cunha, MD; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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Obtain other tests that are related to the possible underlying causes of the pulmonary infiltrates; for example, if lupus pneumonitis is suspected, ask the patient about a history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) pneumonitis. Afterward, serologic tests should be performed to assess for SLE.


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