When should patients with bacterial pneumonia have follow-up chest radiography, and which findings indicate the need for further treatment?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Patients should have a follow-up chest radiograph in approximately six weeks to ensure resolution of the consolidation and to assess persistent abnormality of the lung parenchyma (eg, scarring, bronchiectasis). Chest radiograph findings indicating nonresolution of the infiltrate should raise the consideration of an endobronchial obstruction as a cause of postobstructive pneumonia or a pleural effusion. Computed tomograph (CT) scanning may be of benefit in these cases.


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