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  Pneumonia (Bacterial, Viral) Causes, Symptoms and Treatment on MedicineNet.com
The "pneumonia vaccine" is given to prevent one specific type of pneumonia--the pneumonia caused by the Pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae) bacterium.
Pneumonia caused by Pneumococcus is the most common form of infection occurring outside of a hospital or institutional setting in the U.S. Pneumococcus infection is responsible for over 6,000 deaths per year in the U.S.--the highest number for any vaccine-preventable disease.
Pneumonia is an infection of one or both lungs which is usually caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi.
www.medicinenet.com /pneumonia/article.htm   (922 words)

  
  Pneumonia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the alveoli (microscopic air-filled sacs of the lung responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere) become inflamed and flooded with fluid.
Pneumonia is a common illness, occurs in all age groups, and is a leading cause of death among the elderly and people who are chronically ill. Vaccines to prevent certain types of pneumonia are available.
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a subset of hospital-acquired pneumonia.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pneumonia   (5046 words)

  
 Pneumonia
Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or chemical irritants.
Viral pneumonia is caused by various viruses, and is the cause of half of all cases of pneumonia.
Early symptoms of viral pneumonia are the same as those of bacterial pneumonia, which may be followed by increasing breathlessness and a worsening of the cough.
www.healthsystem.virginia.edu /uvahealth/adult_respire/pneumoni.cfm   (501 words)

  
 THE MERCK MANUAL, Sec. 6, Ch. 73, Pneumonia
Pneumonia (pneumonitis) may affect an entire lobe (lobar pneumonia), a segment of a lobe (segmental or lobular pneumonia), alveoli contiguous to bronchi (bronchopneumonia), or interstitial tissue (interstitial pneumonia).
In the USA, about 2 million people develop pneumonia each year and 40,000 to 70,000 die; it ranks sixth among all disease categories as a cause of death and is the most common lethal nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infection.
Mycoplasma pneumoniae, a bacteria-like organism, is particularly common in older children and young adults, typically in the spring.
www.merck.com /pubs/mmanual/section6/chapter73/73a.htm   (573 words)

  
 Pneumonia - American Lung Association site
Pneumonia is a serious infection and/or inflammation of your lungs.
Viral pneumonias may be complicated by an invasion of bacteria, with all the typical symptoms of bacterial pneumonia.
The drugs used to fight pneumonia are determined by the germ causing the pneumonia and the judgment of the doctor.
www.lungusa.org /site/pp.asp?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=35691   (1472 words)

  
 Pneumonia
Pneumonia is a serious infection or inflammation of your lungs.
Pneumonia and influenza combined have ranked as the sixth leading cause of death since 1979.
If you develop pneumonia, and you’re young, your pneumonia is caught early, your defenses against disease are working well, the infection hasn’t spread, and if you’re not suffering from other illnesses, your chances of a fast recovery are very good.
www.pcca.net /Pneumonia.html   (980 words)

  
 Pneumonia
Pneumonia is usually triggered when a person's defense system is weakened, most often by a simple viral upper respiratory tract infection or a case of influenza (the flu).
Pneumonia that is contracted in the hospital is called nosocomial pneumonia and affects an estimated five to 10 out of every 1,000 hospitalized patients every year.
Pneumonia may be present if coughing is continuous and hacking, if blood appears in the sputum, and if the patient has a high fever and signs of severe illness, such as shortness of breath or extreme weakness and fatigue.
www.mercydesmoines.org /ADAM/WellConnected/articles/000064.asp   (12948 words)

  
 Pneumonia
Pneumonia is a potentially fatal infection that causes inflammation (redness and swelling) inside the lungs, resulting in breathing difficulty.
What is commonly referred to as pneumonia is actually more than 50 variations of the condition, ranging from mild (such as "walking pneumonia") to life threatening.
Prevnar®, a pneumonia vaccine, can help protect young children under the age of two or those who are older and have a special risk of getting pneumonia.
www.csmc.edu /6038.html   (1314 words)

  
 eMedicine - Pneumonia, Viral : Article by Gloria Kuhn, DO, PhD
Although the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia remains S pneumoniae (a fact that may change with the increasing use of pneumococcal vaccines), in as many as 40-60% of patients with community-acquired pneumonia, the etiologic agent is not identified.
Herpes simplex virus: Pneumonia may occur as a caudal extension of oral mucocutaneous disease within the tracheobronchial tree, with focal or multifocal necrosis (as in tracheal intubations or burns), or as hematogenous dissemination from oral, genital, or cutaneous sources.
Pneumonia is a common cause for change in mental status or decrease in functional status in elderly patients.
www.emedicine.com /emerg/topic468.htm   (5446 words)

  
 Pneumonia
Pneumonia is a particular concern for older adults and people with chronic illnesses or impaired immune systems, but it also can strike young, healthy people.
Mycoplasma pneumonia spreads easily in situations where people congregate and is common in child-care centers and among school children and young adults.
And although a few viral pneumonias may be treated with antiviral medications, the recommended treatment is the same as for the flu — rest and plenty of fluids.
www.cnn.com /HEALTH/library/DS/00135.html   (2814 words)

  
 MedlinePlus: Pneumonia
Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lung, usually caused by an infection.
If you have pneumonia, you may have difficulty breathing and have a cough and a fever.
There is a vaccine for pneumococcal pneumonia, a bacterial infection which accounts for up to a quarter of all pneumonias.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/pneumonia.html   (316 words)

  
 Pneumonia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Pneumonia is caused by an infection or injury to the lower respiratory tract resulting in inflammation.
Virulence and severity of the pneumonia depends on the health of the individual, the particular microorganism, and the size of the inoculation.
Most infectious pneumonia is caused by bacteria and 60-80% of all bacterial pneumonia is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae.
medplant.nmsu.edu /Diseases/pneumonia/pneumonia.htm   (1036 words)

  
 Pneumonia
Pneumonia can occur year round, but is usually seen in the winter and spring.
Early symptoms of viral pneumonia are the same as those of bacterial pneumonia.
Other less common pneumonias may be caused by the inhaling of food, liquid, gases or dust, or by fungi.
www.healthsystem.virginia.edu /uvahealth/peds_respire/pneumnia.cfm   (639 words)

  
 Pneumococcal Pneumonia, NIAID Fact Sheet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Pneumonia is a lung disease that can be caused by a variety of viruses, bacteria, and sometimes fungi.
Pneumococcal pneumonia is an infection in the lungs caused by bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Pneumococcal pneumonia mainly causes illness in children younger than 2 years old and adults 65 years of age or older.
www.niaid.nih.gov /factsheets/pneumonia.htm   (930 words)

  
 Pneumonia - WrongDiagnosis.com
In the United States, pneumonia is the fifth leading cause of death [Natl Vital Stat Report 47 (25), 10/5/1999].
With a diagnosis of Pneumonia, it is also important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Pneumonia.
The prognosis of Pneumonia may include the duration of Pneumonia, chances of complications of Pneumonia, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Pneumonia, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Pneumonia.
www.wrongdiagnosis.com /p/pneumonia/intro.htm   (713 words)

  
 Pneumonia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Pneumonia is usually triggered when a patient's defense system is weakened, most often by a simple viral upper respiratory tract infection or a case of influenza.
It is one of the main causes of pneumonia that occurs in the hospital (nosocomial pneumonia).
pneumoniae as a cause of pneumonia in children, since the organism is very common in the noses and throats of children.
www.reutershealth.com /wellconnected/doc64.html   (11917 words)

  
 eMedicine - Pediatrics, Pneumonia : Article by Lakshmi V Atkuri, MD
In interstitial pneumonia, patchy or diffuse inflammation involving the interstitium is characterized by infiltration of lymphocytes, macrophages, and plasma cells.
Pneumonia may be classified by the causative organism, the anatomic location, or the tissue response.
Infants with bacterial pneumonia often are febrile, but those with viral pneumonia or pneumonia caused by atypical organisms may have a low-grade fever or may be afebrile.
www.emedicine.com /emerg/topic396.htm   (7102 words)

  
 Walking Pneumonia - DrGreene.com
The good news is that the great majority of pneumonias in children and adolescents are easily treatable.
It is most common between the ages of 5 and 15, accounting for 70% of pneumonias in children aged 9 to 15.
Many of the symptoms in walking pneumonia are part of her body's attempt to heal.
www.drgreene.com /21_206.html   (690 words)

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