What Causes Fever, Cough And Chest Congestion?
We've seen her doctor and are waiting for blood test results. But do you have any idea what might cause a fever to persist in an adult for nearly two weeks. It seems unusual?
Lower respiratory infection
Thank you for your query. I can understand your concerns.
Symptoms suggest lower respiratory infection.Clinical examination will help in determining any lung parenchymal involvement.Complete blood count (CBC) and X-ray chest PA view need to be done as the initial work-up.Sputum (if any) for AFB (Acid Fast Bacilli),Fungi and Bacterial culture & sensitivity are also needed.
Otherwise fever with chest symptoms for nearly two weeks could be due to Pulmonary Tuberculosis.However In USA,TB is not endemic unlike developing countries.Fungal infection of lung can also give rise to near similar picture.
Dr. T.K. Biswas M.D. XXXXXXX