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What tests will your doctor run to diagnose pneumonia?

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Pneumonia is an infection in your lungs. Your doctor may run several test to see if you have it:

  • Listening to your lungs, with a stethoscope, for a crackling or bubbling sound
  • Chest X-ray
  • Blood test to check white blood cell count
  • Sputum tests (using a microscope to look at the gunk you cough up)
  • A pulse oximetry test, which measures the oxygen in your blood

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumonia Diagnosis.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Pneumonia Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumonia Diagnosis.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Pneumonia Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 31, 2019

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