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When is pleural fluid culture needed in the diagnosis of pneumonia?

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Pneumonia is an infection in your lungs. If a chest X-ray shows there’s fluid around your lungs, your doctor may do a pleural fluid culture. A needle is inserted into your chest wall to draw a sample of the fluid. It’s sent to a lab and checked for signs of infection.

In severe cases, your doctor might also do a bronchoscopy. They’ll use an instrument called a bronchoscope to look at your lung’s airways.

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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