Which clinical history findings are characteristic of pneumonia in immunocompromised patients?

Updated: Jan 07, 2019
  • Author: Julie B Zhao, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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The underlying cause of immunosuppression is a crucial aspect of the history.

Nonspecific findings may include the following:

  • Fever

  • Exertional dyspnea, followed by dyspnea at rest with progression of disease

  • Cough, most often nonproductive in patients with HIV/AIDS

  • Pleuritic chest pain

  • Anorexia and weight loss

  • Abdominal pain


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