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What is the pathophysiology diagram of community acquired pneumonia?

What is the pathophysiology diagram of community acquired pneumonia?

CAP: You may be confusing "pathophysiology" with the defining features of cap. This is pneumonia in a person who has not been in contact with medical facilities in contrast to pneumonias which occur in hospital, nursing homes, etc. They generally occur by aspiration of microorganisms from the mouth or nasopharynx into the lung, often in people with prior viral illnesses or other predisposing factors. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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How can pneumonia make a person barely able to speak and walk? Could you tell me more about the pathophysiology or mechanism behind? Thank you.

How can pneumonia make a person barely able to speak and walk? Could you tell me more about the pathophysiology or mechanism behind? Thank you.

Low oxygen?: One possibility is having low oxygen. A disease such as pneumonia fills the alveoli with infectious/inflammatory debris which prevents gas exchange. Maintaining an appropriate oxygen level in the blood becomes more difficult, especially with exertion. A bacterial infection also causes lots of inflammatory cytokines which can also make you feel unwell. ...Read more

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Can you explain the pathophysiology of pneumonia and rheumatic heart disease?

Can you explain the pathophysiology of pneumonia and rheumatic heart disease?

Two diff diseases: These are two different diseases. Pneumonia is an infection in the lung that causes fluid to collect within the air spaces (maybe w/in a lobe or more diffuse). Rheumatic heart disease is caused by the body attacking the valves of the heart in response to an untreated/inadequately treated streptococcal (most often group a) infection ("strep throat" or other). ...Read more

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How long is community aquired pneumonia contagious?

How long is community aquired pneumonia contagious?

Depends..: Many causes of community acquired pneumonias are not truly transmissible from person to person but rather normal flora in the normal person. Many respiratory pathogens that do spread do not however necessarily cause pneumonia in the recipient. ...Read more

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What is community-acquired pneumonia and will it cause your kidneys to hurt

What is community-acquired pneumonia and will it cause your kidneys to hurt

Common type of bugs: Community aquired pneumonia means just that, "normal" types of organisms that cause pnuemonia, as apposed to hospital aquired pneunomia which is often caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria. Pneumonia is an infection in your lungs. This type of infection should not directly cause any pain in your kidneys although infections cause inflammation and inflammation can cause pain. Maybe you have uti? ...Read more

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Which antibiotic is best for community-aquired pneumonia?

Depends: This is a good question. Geographic location plays an important role in these decision. There are different resistance patterns in different communities. Here in chicago, we use the fluoroquinolone class as first line (levaquin (levofloxacin) or avelox). There are many different options in addition to these. ...Read more

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What is the recommended treatment for community acquired pneumonia?

Antibiotics: Depends on what kind of pneumonia. My room the menu simply have to run their course most of the time. Bacterial pneumonia can be treated with a variety of different anabiotic's depending on which pneumonia is prevalent in your area. ...Read more

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Community acquired pneumonia?

Community acquired pneumonia?

CAP: The name given to pneumonia which is contracted while a person is dwelling in the community- outside the hospital. As opposed to hap - hospital acquired pneumonia, vap - ventilator associated pneumonia, etc. ...Read more

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What is community-acquired pneumonia?

Gotten outside hosp: Community aquired pneumnonia is a term used by doctors to decribe pneumonia in those who have not been in a hospital recently. Patients in the hospital are exposed and pick up germs, and can get pneumonia with bacteria that do not typically cause pneumonia in others. Cap is a pneumonia that can be aquired by anyone. Symptoms are similar, the bacteria responsible & thus antibiotic selection differs. ...Read more

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How common is it to find a pleural based consolidation in a community acquired pneumonia? Dr. Vishnu md

How common is it to find a pleural based consolidation in a community acquired pneumonia? Dr. Vishnu md

Is a chance: Willdepend where the bactria gets. Upper lungs are usually on aspiration or rare diseases. Most pneumonias are on lowr areas. ...Read more