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What's the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

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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. See your doctor so the diagnosis can be made and treatment rendered.

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A 29-year-old female asked:

How can you tell the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

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Dr. Paul Velt
Diagnostic Radiology 42 years experience
Difficult to do: Somethings the lung sounds are similar. Pneumonia on chest X-ray has a picture that may be characteristic. Bronchitis on the other hand often times has a normal chest X-ray. Somethings the treatment may be slightly different.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between acute bronchitis and pneumonia?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Location, Location: Bronchitis is an inflammation/infection of the bronchial tubes (airways) whereas pneumonia is an infection/inflammation of the air sacs of the lungs (alveoli). Both can cause similar symptoms (fever, chest pain, cough, sputum production) but sound different when your health care provider listens to your lungs. Also pneumonia can typically be seen on chest xray and bronchitis cannot.
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A 35-year-old male asked:

How does one tell the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Diagnosis: History and physical examination and perhaps a chest x-ray will help differentiate. The symptoms can be different and also similar, but you need to see a professional.

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