When is resolution of pneumococcal pneumonia demonstrated on chest radiography?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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The timing of radiologic resolution of pneumococcal pneumonia varies with patient age, the severity of the pneumonia, and the presence or absence of an underlying lung disease. The chest radiograph usually clears within four weeks in patients younger than 50 years without underlying pulmonary disease. In contrast, resolution may be delayed for 12 weeks or longer in older individuals and those with underlying lung disease.


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