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Bronchitis (cont.)

Bronchitis Diagnosis

Doctors diagnose bronchitis on the basis of symptoms and a physical examination.

  • Usually no blood tests are necessary.
  • If the doctor suspects the patient has pneumonia, a chest X-ray may be ordered.
  • Doctors may measure the patient's oxygen saturation (how well oxygen is reaching blood cells) using a sensor placed on a finger. This is referred to as pulse oximetry.
  • Sometimes a doctor may order an examination and/or culture of a sample of phlegm that is coughed up to look for bacteria.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/22/2012

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