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What treatments are available for persistent pulmonary infiltrate?

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Persistent pulmonary infiltrate is a form of pneumonia that effects the lungs and may or may not respond to conventional antibiotic medications. Alternative use of additional drugs in combination with antibiotics is often explored.

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Persistent pulmonary infiltrate can appear to be a form of pneumonia however may not respond to treatment with conventional antibiotic medication. In many cases, persistent pulmonary infiltrate is the result of other complications from disease or treatment rather than a communicative disease.

Tests are done to further diagnose pneumonia-like symptoms to determine if infectious pneumonia is the cause. Test results often show that the cause of the malady is a persistent pulmonary infiltrate, which more often effects patients that have undergone treatment for other diseases.

In those cases, treatment is more often an immunosuppressant drugs that are a class of drugs that suppress or reduce the strength of the body's immune system. The main use of these drugs is in transplant patients to lower the body's ability to reject a transplanted organ.

In the case of persistent pulmonary infiltrate, by combining the use of an immunosuppressant drug and an antibiotic, the body may respond to better to treatment. In addition to using immunosuppressant drugs along with antibiotics, a high does of corticosteroids is introduced to reduce tissue inflammation.

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