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Can monoclonal b-cell lymphocytosis be an antecedent cause of hypostatic pneumonia?

Can monoclonal b-cell lymphocytosis be an antecedent cause of hypostatic pneumonia?

Hypostatic pneumonia: Hypostatic pneumonia is a term used to describe fluid accummulation in the lower portions of lungs in bed-ridden individuals (typically elderly). One thing you can do to reduce a pneumonia risk is to have your physician provide you with an early pneumonia shot (pneumovax /ppsv-23) before age 65. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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


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Can hypostatic pneumonia be caused by an infection? Or would this be highly unlikely?

Can hypostatic pneumonia be caused by an infection?  Or would this be highly unlikely?

Definition pneumonia: =inflammatory response within lungs; the lung alveoli become filled with fluid/pus (water with many white blood cells) in response to presumed viral or bacterial infection. Hypostatic modifier refers to this occurring within the posterior (dorsal) portions of someones lungs who has been in a supine position for extended periods, e.g. hospital bed. Less activity=less clearance of lung irritants. ...Read more

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Am I write in thinking that although HYPOSTATIC PNEUMONIA is not itself an infection it can be caused by an infection? But can it have other causes?

Am I write in thinking that although HYPOSTATIC PNEUMONIA is not itself an infection it can be caused by an infection?  But can it have other causes?

Bedridden immobility: Hypostatic pneumonia comes from shallow breathing while lying in a single position for a long time. Therefore bronchial secretions usually cleared by deep breathing & coughing instead settle by gravity in lower portions of the lung & become seats of infection. Usually in bedridden elderly. Also big reason why activity is encouraged right after major surgery. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What clinical signs are required for a diagnosis of hypostatic pneumonia?

What clinical signs are required for a diagnosis of hypostatic pneumonia?

Excessive lying on b: Hypostatic pnumonia occurs in old and weak patients due to excessive lying in bed.It is the result of collection of fluid in the dorsal area of the lungs symptoms are 1discomfort or tightness in chest 2shallow breathibg 3cough 4spitting up mucus, sometimes with a little blood 5fever 6cyanosis(blue tinge in skin and mucous membranes) if not recognized and treated can end in respiratory failure. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bronchopneumonia and hypostatic pneumonia. Are the treatments exactly identical?

What is the difference between bronchopneumonia and hypostatic pneumonia.  Are the treatments exactly identical?

Pneumonia: Hypostatic pneumonia is usually confined to bedridden people. There is usually a collection of fluid in the lung bases which may have to be drained.Treatment also consists of antibiotics as in broncopneumonia. ...Read more

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I understand that hypostatic pneumonia can be caused by a virus or bacteria (if a patient is non-ambulatory for a long time). Are there any other causes?

I understand that hypostatic pneumonia can be caused by a virus or bacteria (if a patient is non-ambulatory for a long time).  Are there any other causes?

Yes: Fungal in some cases as well but very unlikely unless immunosuppressed. More likely bacterial or viral. Depending on the facility you may be able to get chest physiotherapy which may assist and possibly reduce the risk of this unfortunate complication developing ...Read more

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Does monoclonal b-cell lymphocytosis make the patient more vulnerable to infections, e.G., hypostatic pneumonia? Is monoclonal b-cell lymphocytosis capable of transforming into acute leukemia?

Does monoclonal b-cell lymphocytosis make the patient more vulnerable to infections, e.G., hypostatic pneumonia?  Is monoclonal b-cell lymphocytosis capable of transforming into acute leukemia?

No infections in MBL: The definition of mbl is an elevated lymphocyte count with a lack of symptoms or complications. It can transform into cll (chronic lymphocytic leukemia), in which low immunoglobulins and the abnormal b lymphocytes can indeed cause increased infections. Neither of these has been associated with transformation to acute leukemia, although cll can become an aggressive lymphoma. ...Read more

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