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How is a lung injury diagnosed?

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There's no specific test to diagnose lung injuries. Your doctor may order a chest X-ray. This will show the amount of fluid in different parts of your lungs.

You may also get a CT scan. That’ll give doctors a better look at your heart and lungs.

Doctors can check your oxygen level using blood from an artery in your wrist, elbow, or groin. Other blood tests can show if you have an infection or anemia (low red blood cell count).

From: Do I Have a Lung Injury? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "ARDS Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors."

Mayo Clinic: "ARDS."

British Journal of Medical Practitioners: "Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Review Article."

Reviewed by William Blahd on December 11, 2016

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "ARDS Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors."

Mayo Clinic: "ARDS."

British Journal of Medical Practitioners: "Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Review Article."

Reviewed by William Blahd on December 11, 2016

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