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A 26-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?

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Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Lungs vs bronchi: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, whereas bronchitis is an infection of the bronchi, which are the upper airways above the lungs.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Location...: Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways whereas pneumonia is an infection of the lung parenchyma itself. Thus, the location of the infection within the lung is the difference between the two disorders.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Lungs and airways: Pneumonia involves the lung tissue wherein air exchange occurs. Bronchitis involves the airways conducting air to the lung tissue but the extent of the involvement may be variable as would be the cause.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Much: Bronchitis affects the airways and is usually viral in causation. Pneumonia affects the lung tissues and may be caused by a wide variety of organisms, is far more dangerous than most cases of bronchitis, and more complicated to treat appropriately.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Pneumonia or bronchitis, how can I tell difference?

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Dr. Lawrence Shulman
Pulmonology 21 years experience
Chest xray: The best way to tell the difference is with a chest xray which would diagnosis pneumonia - without an abnormality on chest xray, it is most likely bronchitis.

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