A 65-year-old female asked:
what is the implication of cocci being found in the lungs of someone with severe copd? the patient is extremely confused & agitated most of the time
2 doctor answers
Dr. Bennett Machanic answered
51 years experience Neurology
Quite concerning: Could well be pneumonia, but confusion and agitation could well be due to hypoxia, and this needs immediate attention. The confusion could be due to other causes such as medication rxtns, or alzheimer's. See your doctor today!
Answered on Aug 7, 2018
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa answered
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Could Be Infection: "cocci" are a specific type of bacteria. Sometimes, when they are in the lungs, they are a marker of infection. Other times, they are what is called "colonizers, " which means they "hang out" in the lung without causing infection. Sometimes, it is hard to tell the difference. The confusion and agitation can be something serious, so i would have that person checked out.
Answered on Oct 30, 2014
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