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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Atypical Pneumonia (Definition)

Atypical pneumonia is so called because the causative organisms are not the usual ones associated with most cases of pneumonia. Besides mycoplasma, chlamydia & legionella, many viruses, fungi & protozoa can cause atypical pneumonia as well. Symptoms & signs can be atypical - dry cough, minimal or no fever, absence of lobar consolidation or leucocytosis etc. ...Read more


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What are the tests for atypical pneumonia?

What are the tests for atypical pneumonia?

Various: There are antibody panels (in which the diagnosis is retrospective), and pcrs and non-specific indicators as well as cultures for some. These may be viral, mycoplasma, chlamydia, legionella, tb, fungal and others. The tests ordered will depend upon the history and physical exam and initial lab results. ...Read more

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Question: what is atypical pneumonia really?

Less common germs: The "typical" are caused by certain bacteria such as streptococcus, and hemophilus...Atypicals included mycoplasma, chlamydia and are treated differently because the cause is different. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an atypical pneumonia?

What sort of problem is an atypical pneumonia?

Atypical pneumonia: The classic form on pneumonia presents with abrupt onset of cough, high fever, shaking shills, production of rusty colored sputum, and profound malaise. This is usually caused by the pneumococcus germ. There are several types of lung infection with a slower mode of onset and takes longer to diagnosis. The classic example of this is legionaire's disease, but there are other forms as well. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes atypical pneumonia?

Please tell me what causes atypical pneumonia?

Non typical agents: Term atypical used fot pneumonias which are not caused by typical bacteria causing it such as strep pneumonia, klebsiella, moraxella, etc. Usual cause for atypical pneumonia is mycoplasma pneumonia, but any un conventional agent which causes pneumonia could be called atypical. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is atypical pneumonia still dangerous?

Hello docs, is atypical pneumonia still dangerous?

Could be: Atypical pneumonia often caused by mycoplasma. This organism could trigger asthma in patients who are suffering from asthma eventhough their asthma is under control. Such a patient might need step up treatment for asthma. Uncontrolled asthma could be dangerous. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is atypical pneumonia a type of disease?

Hello docs, is atypical pneumonia a type of disease?

Yes: The term atypical pneumonia is used when it does not show up on x-rays. It is usually caused by viruses and some bacteria like organisms. ...Read more

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My ESR is 60 I had atypical pneumonia 5 months back. Next steps?

Infection?: Atypical pneumonia should be cured long ago if now asymptomatic. With elevated esr implies infection or inflammation somewhere in body. Should contact physician for examination and testing. ...Read more

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How do I explain to my daughter what it means to have atypical pneumonia?

How do I explain to my daughter what it means to have atypical pneumonia?

She should relax: Atypical pneumonia is sometimes caused by a bacteria, and sometimes by a virus. It's a more benign type, and often caused by stress. What does her doctor say? ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my ESR is 60 I had atypical pneumonia 5 months back .what now?

What do you suggest if my ESR is 60 I had atypical pneumonia 5 months back .what now?

DR for evaluation: Need to see physician to find cause of elevated ESR. Could be related to infection elsewhere in the body or recurrent lung problem. May require other blood tests or imaging studies to figure out cause. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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