Drug-induced pulmonary disease : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

  • Bloody sputum
  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

Note: Symptoms may vary from person to person.

Diagnosis & Tests

The doctor will perform a physical exam and listen to your chest and lungs with a stethoscope. Abnormal breath sounds may be heard.

Tests that may be done include:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Complete blood count with blood differential
  • Chest CT scan
  • Chest x-ray
  • Lung biopsy (in rare cases)
  • Thoracentesis (if pleural effusion is present)


Review Date : 4/16/2009
Reviewed By : David A. Kaufman, MD, Section Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Bridgeport Hospital-Yale New Haven Health System, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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