|Description:||This anteroposterior chest x-ray revealed pulmonary changes indicative of pulmonary fibrosis in a case of coccidioidomycosis, caused by fungal organisms of the genus, Coccidioides. Because these changes also resemble those seen in other lung infections including tuberculosis, the findings uncovered with a chest x-ray needs to be coupled with serologic testing, as well as possible tissue biopsy. The degree of fibrotic changes indicative of scarring found on x-ray can be directly correlated to the severity of the fungal infection.|
Healthcare providers rely on your medical history, signs, symptoms, and physical examinations in order to diagnose coccidioidomycosis. Healthcare providers may perform imaging tests such as chest x-rays or CT scans of the lungs to look for pneumonia associated with coccidioidomycosis. They may also perform a tissue biopsy, in which a small sample of affected tissue is taken from the body and examined under a microscope.