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A 75-year-old male asked:

Am i write in thinking that although hypostatic pneumonia is not itself an infection it can be caused by an infection? but can it have other causes?

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Dr. Forrest Jones
Specializes in Family Medicine
Bedridden immobility: Hypostatic pneumonia comes from shallow breathing while lying in a single position for a long time. Therefore bronchial secretions usually cleared by deep breathing & coughing instead settle by gravity in lower portions of the lung & become seats of infection. Usually in bedridden elderly. Also big reason why activity is encouraged right after major surgery. Hope that helps.
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A 76-year-old male asked:

Can hypostatic pneumonia be caused by an infection? Or would this be highly unlikely?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Definition pneumonia: =inflammatory response within lungs; the lung alveoli become filled with fluid/pus (water with many white blood cells) in response to presumed viral or bacterial infection. Hypostatic modifier refers to this occurring within the posterior (dorsal) portions of someones lungs who has been in a supine position for extended periods, e.g. hospital bed. Less activity=less clearance of lung irritants.
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Last updated Mar 22, 2020


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