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Atypical Pneumonia

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by Carson-DeWitt R

(Walking Pneumonia)



Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. To look for an infection or specific causes of the infection your doctor may ask for:
  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Blood cultures
  • Sputum test
Pneumonia can cause problems with breathing. This may make it difficult for you to get enough oxygen. To measure the level of oxygen in your blood your doctor may do the following tests:
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Arterial blood gas


American Lung Association

National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Disease



The Canadian Lung Association

Health Canada



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