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Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2019 Jul;25(4):331-335. doi: 10.1097/MCP.0000000000000588.

Nonresolving pneumonia in the setting of malignancy.

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Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Prohealthcare Association LLP, Lake Success, New York, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

This article reviews recent literature and experience in the diagnosis of nonresolving and slowly resolving pneumonia as it pertains to malignancy.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Malignancy must be considered as an important cause of pneumonia that resolves slowly or has incomplete resolution. Airway obstruction is more common than malignant infiltration as a cause of pneumonia that does not resolve appropriately. Infection due to resistant or unusual organisms must also be considered in the differential diagnosis.

SUMMARY:

Nonresolving pneumonia remains an important clinical challenge. Bronchoscopic evaluation in conjunction with computed tomography and PET scanning is still the most important technique for diagnosis.

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