What is the value of a follow-up chest x-ray in a patient who has been hospitalized for community-acquired pneumonia?
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In hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), the resolution of radiographic abnormalities does not appear to correlate with clinical cure as assessed by physicians. Monitoring patients at 1 and 4 weeks after initial diagnosis does not appear to offer additional value beyond clinical judgment. Follow-up chest radiographs may have some value in patients older than 50 years to assess for lung cancer.
Evidence Based Practice 15(7): 06.