U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Australia
A 64-year-old male asked:

I understand that hypostatic pneumonia can be caused by a virus or bacteria (if a patient is non-ambulatory for a long time). are there any other causes?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Interesting: Hypostatic pneumonia usually results from the collection of fluid in the back part of the lung especially in bedridden or elderly patient confined to a supine position for an extended period of time. There is a good chance that this makes the patient susceptible to on going infection. Close observation by a pulmonologist should be sought.
Dr.
A Verified Doctoranswered
A US doctor answeredLearn more
Yes: Fungal in some cases as well but very unlikely unless immunosuppressed. More likely bacterial or viral. Depending on the facility you may be able to get chest physiotherapy which may assist and possibly reduce the risk of this unfortunate complication developing
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Pneumonia: means inflammation of the lung tissues, there are several causes for it, hypostatic, aspiration, etc.. denote the cause/mechanism by which the pneumonia developed. In case of hypostatic pneumonia, prolonged recumbancy in a certain position in weak debilitated patients leads to not enough ventilation of the lungs in a certain parts & stagnation of secretions which can invite infection of any kind

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jul 19, 2017

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.