What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of cytomegalovirus (CMV)?

Updated: Jul 07, 2021
  • Author: Ricardo Cedeno-Mendoza, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The diagnosis of CMV pneumonia can be suggested by chest radiography findings, but these findings cannot be used to differentiate between other common causes of pneumonia in immunocompromised hosts. A chest radiograph finding consistent with pneumonia and a bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) result that is CMV positive is a common method for diagnosis.

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