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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...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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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.?

Pneumonia: You can get this in numerous ways, most commonly by aspiration of bacteria from the upper respiratory tract, with the risk increased in smokers, immunosuppressed persons, diabetics, people with underlying lung disease, etc. Symptoms include fever, chest pain, shortness of air, production of coughed sputum looking like pus, sometimes with blood. Other symptoms may also occur. ...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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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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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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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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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