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How is pneumonia diagnosed?

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Pneumonia ranges from a mild condition treatable at home to a potentially fatal infection requiring hospitalization. You must see your doctor to get appropriate treatment for a successful recovery. Your doctor may take the following steps to diagnose pneumonia:

  • Listen to your chest for crackling noises and tap your chest to check for dull thuds indicating fluid-filled lungs
  • Request X-rays to confirm that you have pneumonia, showing where air sacs in the lungs are filled with fluid and debris

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