A 21-year-old member asked:
can my child get a lung infection from mrsa?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Henry Bloom answered
47 years experience Family Medicine
Not usually: Achild can get bronchitis as part of an MRSA repiratory infection, but is not likely to get pneumonia, unless there is underlying asthma, or immune disease.
Answered on Sep 30, 2015
Dr. Patricia Roy answered
39 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: If an individual has mrsa, it can get into the lung, where it will cause pneumonia. This scenario is more likely to occur in individuals who are more susceptible to pneumonia, such as those with asthma, diabetes, or copd, but can happen to anyone. Unfortunately, it can also be nosocomial, meaning it was acquired during a stay in the hospital for something else.
Answered on Oct 10, 2017
Dr. Martin Raff answered
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Staph aureus may infect lung tissue either through a process of aspiration of the organism or extension to lung through the bloodstream or by direct penetrance or by extension of infection from an adjacent site. This is very uncommon in children, assuming that they have no underlying predisposing conditions.
Answered on Jan 18, 2013
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