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what are the causes of pneumonia?

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Dr. Matthew Majzun
Pulmonary Critical Care 14 years experience
Infection: Pneumonia is a result of an infection of the lung tissue. This can be cause by bacteria, viruses, or even some fungii. Pneumonia symptoms usually include fevers, chills, cough, shortness of breath, and occasionally chest pain. If you have a disease or take any medication that suppresses your immune system, more exotic bacteria and fungii can cause the infection.

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Can radiation treatment cause pneumonia?

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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
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Yes: It is called radiation pneumonitis. Not an infection but it is damage caused by the radiaton to the lung tissue.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the cause for pneumonia?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Infection/inflammati: Pneumonia is a generic term for inflammation of the lung that can be seen on xray. The cause can be infection ( usually viral but often bacterial) or sometimes an inflammatory process. There are too many specific causes to list.
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What is pneumonia actually caused by?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Infection...: Pneumonia is caused by an infection of the lung parenchyma. When the etiology is bacterial, antibiotics are prescribed whereas supportive care is given when there is a viral etiology.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

How does pneumonia cause cyanosis?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Cyanosis: Cyanosis is the low level or lack of oxygen. Pneumonia makes the exchange of oxygen in the lungs difficult. One who has pneumonia often finds their oxygen level too low or cyanotic.
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A 51-year-old female asked:

Do pneumonia cause pleural thickening?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Chronic: Acute bacterial or viral pneumonia usually will heal without irritation or thickening of the pleura (lining between the lung and the chest wall), but if the infection reaches into the pleural space, that can lead to thickening. Anything that gets into the pleural space can cause pleural thickening, from blood (hemothorax) to asbestos, TB, or after a heart operation that opens up the pleural space

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