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Doctor insights on: Double Pneumonia Death Rate

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Will atypical pneumonia surely lead to death?

Will atypical pneumonia surely lead to death?

NO: Atypical pneumonia is most often successfully treated with antibiotics. It would the rare exception that atypical pneuminia would lead toward death. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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Please explain why is pneumonia considered a blessing of a peaceful death for one with a terminal illness?

Stops suffering: If patient is suffering with chronic illness, a superimiposed pneumonia sometimes leads to death shortly after onset of infection. ...Read more

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Can walking pneumonia be the cause death in someone with Crohn's disease?

Can walking pneumonia be the cause death in someone with Crohn's disease?

Depends: It depends on what kind of treatment was being used for crohn's disease. A lot of patients with crohn's disease are now treated with biologic agents and other immunosuppressive medications that can affect your immune response & your ability to fight infections. ...Read more

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My dad is having pneumonia and doctors said there are chances for cancer. And by chance- death. Will he recover?

My dad is having pneumonia and doctors said there are chances for cancer. And by chance- death. Will he recover?

Possible Lung Cancer: He should be monitored carefully from his pneumonia until he is feeling better. They should order ct scan of the chest to evaluate his lung disease and his pulmonary specialist should evaluate him for bronchoscopy evaluation of his lung disease and he may be able to take a biopsy from his lung. If his pulmonary specialist will not be able to do his biopsy he may need to be seen and evaluated by t. ...Read more

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How long would untreated pneumonia take to turn into acute respiratory distress syndrome, and then on to death?

Boy, oh boy: What are you waiting for? . Treat the pneumonia. You could die in an hour or never. Don't mess with this. ...Read more

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How does double pneumonia vary from regular?

How does double pneumonia vary from regular?

Both lungs: This is not a precise medical term, can be be used when there is evidence of infection in both lungs, as such it is potentially more severe, but in reality may not be. For example a viral pneumonia can have xray findings suggesting both lungs are affected but the consequences in terms of the infection may be milder than a severe bacterial infection that extensively involves one lung. ...Read more

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What is meant by double bronchial pneumonia?

What is meant by double bronchial pneumonia?

Means in both lungs: Pneumonia & bronchial pneumonia are essentially the same process. Since we have two lungs, some use the descriptor double as involving both. Pneumonia can involve a single segment of one side or the whole lung. ...Read more

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I had double pneumonia before but I was just wondering how do you get pneumonia just so I know what to look for. Thanks hope to hear from you.?

I had double pneumonia before but I was just wondering how do you get pneumonia just so I know what to look for. Thanks hope to hear from you.?

Bad luck: This is often a sequence of events like dominos falling in line. You develop some congestion from a mild virus or other trigger. You inhale a germ that plants itself into the excess mucous and starts to reproduce. The germ growth triggers an outpouring of more mucous which feeds more germs & you've got it. Rapid breathing, fever, cough and chest pain are common features. ...Read more

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Friend been coughing for 1-3 weeks. She thinks she had bronchitis/pneumonia but she wasn't diagnosed. I double dipped with her. Will I get sick now?

Friend been coughing for 1-3 weeks. She thinks she had bronchitis/pneumonia but she wasn't diagnosed. I double dipped with her. Will I get sick now?

Doubtful: Infections come and go...As a general rule, a patient is most likely to spread germs in the beginning of the illness. Fevers can correlate to this risk period. Soon, tho, the immune system (with or without the help of antibiotics/doctors) should kick in and knock out the germs. Some symptoms can remain i.e. coughing, but the person is less of an infectious risk. Lots of caveats here-see MD if Qs. ...Read more

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I had double pneumonia and a dr. Told me my lung would never heal. From that is that true?

I had double pneumonia and a dr. Told me my lung would never heal. From that is that true?

Depends: It depends on the fact that if you had any complications due to your pneumonia such as lung abscess, empyema or cavity formation due to necrotizing pneumonia etc. Most patients with pneumonia slowly heal & their chest xray may take 6-8 weeks to show improvement. Evaluation by a pulmonologist may help clarify things for you. ...Read more

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At Dr's today, my heart rate was 130 bpm. Is it because I have walking pneumonia?

At Dr's today, my heart rate was 130 bpm. Is it because I have walking pneumonia?

Perhaps: Heart rate goes up with stress and infection. Yours is a bit high and may mean some dehydration. Really push frequent small water drinks. If you get chest pain or worsening breathing let your family know ASAP! ...Read more

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So double pneumonia can cause the heart to become enlarged?

So double pneumonia can cause the heart to become enlarged?

No: It takes time for the heart to enlarge. Chronic lung disease can cause pulmonary hypertension with enlargement of the right ventricle and right atrium, but even a severe acute pneumonia won't do this. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate when someone has lung cancer and pneumonia and is on a ventilator?

What is the survival rate when someone has lung cancer and pneumonia and is on a ventilator?

Know your rights: A person has a right to know when treatment is unlikely to return them to a happy life, . Insist on being given the facts. I cannot make the decision for you, but I would not allow myself to be intubated if I already carried a diagnosis of lung cancer. But it's just possible that this person has been operated recently for possible cure. Then there's a fair hope. Autonomy rules. ...Read more

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My husband has double pneumonia and is experiencing pain in back of both arms. The pain excruciating. What would cause this.

My husband has double pneumonia and is experiencing pain in back of both arms. The pain excruciating. What would cause this.

Complications: If he has had pneumonia for at least several days, I would be concerned about possible complications like pleural effusion or emphysema, or infected fluid in the space between the lung and the chest wall. If he is having shortness of breath or fever, it would be a good idea to get a chest x-ray. If he is otherwise feeling better, then it may just be sore muscles from coughing. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that while taking azithromyacin, my heart rate is 64 rather than my normal 85bpm? It's working for my pneumonia, but I'm worried

M.D. follow up/Mgt: If you are being treated as an outpatient for pneumonia, I would suggest finishing the course, but also letting your physician know about your concerns. He may order additional testing such as a 12 lead EKG.
If you develop shortness of breath, worsening cough, dizziness for example, this should be reported to your physician right away. ...Read more

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I'm sick I either have bronchitis or pneumonia. Is a resting heart rate of 94 normal?

I'm sick I either have bronchitis or pneumonia. Is a resting heart rate of 94 normal?

HR of 94 probably ok: Normally hearts beat between 60-100 times a minute when at rest. If some one has a fever or is sick it may be on the higher end of this. ...Read more

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I'm sick I either have bronchitis or pneumonia. Is a resting heart rate of 100- 111 normal?

I'm sick I either have bronchitis or pneumonia. Is a resting heart rate of 100- 111 normal?

Yes: A fast heart rate of 100-110 is normal in the face of fever, illness, dehydration, etc. Make sure to stay hydrated. See your doctor about treatment for bronchitis vs pneumonia. ...Read more

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My father in law is suffering from double pneumonia? He drinks daily? Is pneumonia curable? It takes how many days to cure? Plz tell us doctor

Can be: Nothing is 100%, but pneumonia is usually one of the more treatable infections. Depending on response, the usual course of antibiotics is 7 days, if he hasn't been in a hospital or exposed to healthcare in the last 3 months or so; patients often feel markedly better within 48 hours. His chronic drinking may put him more at risk for things like aspiration, which increases the risk of pneumonia. ...Read more

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Plz help me my dad has been on life support but is now off due to pneumonia but is finding it hard to breath and his heart rate is 114 to 119 is that okay?

Plz help me my dad has been on life support but is now off due to pneumonia but is finding it hard to breath and his heart rate is 114 to 119 is that okay?

Talk to his team: No, it's not good - but certainly his condition has been poor for awhile if he's been on life support. Ask the team for their sense of his prospects for recovery. As family, you'll need to help w/ decisions, so you need to know about these things. They'll tell you what they can. ...Read more

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Are you more at risk for pneumonia after a double lung transplant?

Are you more at risk for pneumonia after a double lung transplant?

Yes: After a lung transplant, the patient is going to be immunosuppressed. That means that the immune system is not going to able to react and defend itself against organisms that cause pneumonias. Thus, you have to be careful and try to avoid contact with people who are sick and avoid large crowds were people do not know that they can make you sick. ...Read more

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70 year old with usual interstitial pneumonia, is a resting heart rate in 44 to 47 an area of concern?

70 year old with usual interstitial pneumonia, is a resting heart rate in 44 to 47 an area of concern?

Abnormal: That is an abnormally slow heart rate for someone in that age group and requires investigation. There may be a cardiac conduction or basic rhythm disturbance which an EKG would reveal. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Hi I have been having difficulties breathing for the past two days. My oxygen intake and heart rate couldn't be better. My sister also has pneumonia?

Hi I have been having difficulties breathing for the past two days. My oxygen intake and heart rate couldn't be better. My sister also has pneumonia?

Shortness of breath: Unsure about the cause of your shortness of breath is as your pulse ox and heart rate are stable. It is possible that you may be coming down with an infection and you should see your physician for further evaluation or connect with us via concierge to further evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have had 3 episodes of pneumonia over last 18 months, rapid onset, elevated wbc, fever, chills, resp rate 36, no cough or sputum. Diagnosis?

Chronic pneumonia: That's something you need more evaluation. Although it is likely that you had 3 pneumonias, you need to think and evaluate the possibility of atypical/chronic pneumonias or pulmonary fibrosis. If no chest X-ray infiltrate documented, and if u smoke likely that it is chronic bronchitis. Either way you need evaluation. With no sputum, and if there is X-ray pneumonia need to worry about fibrosis ...Read more

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I have a burning sensation in my upper right thigh this has been going on for almost 9 months and started after I had double pneumonia and was given 400mg avelox moxi floxacin hci tablets while I was on the medication the pain in my legs got so bad I quit

I have a burning sensation in my upper right thigh this has been going on for almost 9 months and started after I had double pneumonia and was given 400mg avelox moxi floxacin hci tablets while I was on the medication the pain in my legs got so bad I quit

Not Avelox: Medication problems do not choose just to affect one area, or one extremity. This problem could be hip or spine (especially the 4th spinal nerve). You should see your primary care 1st. Rj. ...Read more

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Doctor thinks I have pneumonia. Started antiobiotics. Fever stopped. Heart rate very high (85-100). I'm worried, is it normal?

Doctor thinks I have pneumonia. Started antiobiotics. Fever stopped. Heart rate very high (85-100). I'm worried, is it normal?

See below: It would not be unusual for you to have a mild to moderate increase in pulse rate during early treatment for pneumonia. 85-100 is not a very high heart rate. The fact that your fever is better suggests your antibiotic treatment is effective. If you are feeling better don't worry about a pulse of 85-100. It will return to your baseline after resolution of your pneumonia and any deconditioning. ...Read more