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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.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Lucille K. Georg
Creation Date:1972
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Links:CDC – National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED); Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever)
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