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can pneumonia be seen on an xray?

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Asked by shay1130 at 11:20 PM on Oct. 30, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • yes

    Answer by Grandmarga at 11:22 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • YES

    Answer by louise2 at 11:22 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • okay, can it not be seen?

    Answer by shay1130 at 11:23 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • yes it can be seen and uhhh if the xray person does the xray wrong or the dr reads it totally wrong lol then yes it can possibly not be "seen" but what it is is fluid in the lungs so it looks like a horizontal line in the lung xray. hard to miss.

    Answer by masonsmommy921 at 1:28 AM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • Yes, that's how they diagnose it. Liek masonsmommy said, they look at it, and that's that.

    Answer by apexmommy at 10:43 PM on Oct. 31, 2009

  • Yes, that is how it is how it is diagnosed. They see the fluids and they go by the sound of the breathing. I am assuming you are asking about your son that was in the ER. He probably just has a bad cold. But if you are still concerned take him to a regular pediatrician. An ER doc. is not a specialist in kids and they are very, very busy. The regular pediatrician be it yours or a drop in clinic will be better at hearing what is happening.


    Answer by teamquinn at 4:17 PM on Nov. 1, 2009

  • Yes it can be seen... and yes it can NOT be seen. Sometimes it's too early to be able to see it on an Xray and sometimes if they child is dehydrated it doesn't show up either (which when they are sick they often don't drink well)

    Answer by AmiJanell at 9:52 AM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • teamquinn mentioned also the sound of breathing. please be very careful with this, demand an x-ray. my daughter saw 3 doctors who heard nothing in her lungs, 15 minutes later she was gone. the autopsy showed acute pneumonia. so, if you have any doubts when the dr. says they heard nothing, please, please get the x-ray.

    Answer by tracy0812 at 12:59 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

  • The only way to truely diagnose pnemonia is by an xray. Pnemonia is when there is fluid in the lungs and the only way to know it for sure is to do an xray. If it is not seen on the xray then I would not say my son has pnemonia

    Ok well its not the ONLY way... they can put a camera down your childs respiratory track into their lungs (bronchoscopy) but that is pretty much NEVER done just to diagnose pnemonia.

    Answer by Jaydin_Makenna at 2:42 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

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