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What's the difference between pneumococcal pneumonia and staphylococcal pneumonia?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Difference...: The correct name of the pneumococcal bacteria is staphylococcus pneumoniae. Staphylococcus pneumoniae is a type of staph infection, one of many types of staph infections!
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
I thought "pneumococcal" pneumonia came from the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae?
Aug 27, 2012
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Provided original answer
Can actually be a short-cut answer to either bacteria. If that's what was meant by the patient, then the difference is that they are 2 different bacteria-strep pneumoniae and staph pneumoniae. Thanks for questioning it and allowing me to clarify! Due to this confusion, I typically don't use the phrase "pneumococal pneumonia!!! Thanks for your comment!!!!
Oct 5, 2014
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 38 years experience
Different bacteria: The names refer to two different types of bacteria that can cause pneumonia. Each has an optimal antibiotic regimen.
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