Bolingbrook, IL
A 67-year-old male asked:

Viral pneumonia will destroy lymphocytes while bacterial pneumonia wont? is this true?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Backwards thinking: The part of the cellular immune response to a viral infection is the job of lymphocytes that attack & help control them. Other white cells called neutrophils attack & help control bacteria that are present in that form of pneumonia. These are different specialists that have different jobs.
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