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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

The most common definition is an infection involving the lung. Several noninfectious disorders can cause inflammation of the lung which is ...Read more


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Are repetitive mild aspiration pneumonias, life threatening? Recovers fast with antibiotics and oxygen.

Not good: I ask why. Do they occur at night(gerd), do you have trouble swallowing, hiatial hernia;perhaps overweight. The fact that this is occuring, and that you recover fast does not mean that you always will. Should these episodes become more severe and as you get older, your treatment options may become limited. Get the cause worked up and decide what to do with you pcp. ...Read more

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Moved to Seattle 01/2014. Here only a year and got pneumonia 02/2015. 35 yr old healthy female. Never had it in my life. Can I prevent it this winter ?

Moved to Seattle 01/2014. Here only a year and got pneumonia 02/2015. 35 yr old healthy female. Never had it in my life. Can I prevent it this winter ?

Causes of pneumonia: There are many germs that cause pneumonia-and I would like to know 'which' germ affected you. Hopefully your doctor figured that out, although often no tests are done. This would have a bearing on how best to prevent any future episodes. If you're healthy, that's great- the key is to stay that way and avoid pitfalls that set u up for disease (like smoking, too much stress, too little sleep etc). ...Read more

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Can you tell me about copd, pneumonia and pseudemonous infections on life support ?

Can you tell me about copd, pneumonia and pseudemonous infections on life support ?

Complicated case: COPD is a cause of respiratory failure that may lead to 'life support' on vent. Pneumonia is an independant factor that makes COPD pt harder to get off life support. Pseudomonous is an infection seen with chronic lung disease and can be hard to treat. Some people may be colonized and never clear but may not be an active infection. All combined is a difficult case to get off life support. ...Read more

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Ever since I got pneumonia in March, I have a major fear of dying of cancer. I cannot stop this. Want my life back. Please ?

Ever since I got pneumonia in March, I have a major fear of dying of cancer. I cannot stop this.  Want my life back. Please ?

Fear unjustified: The presence of pneumonia is noted on Chest X ray as inflammation in an area of lung parenchyma not associated with presence of mass. By definition tumors of lung require a defined mass to be noted in bronchial area or in lung tissue usually in proximity to mediastinum. PET/CAT can resolve any dx if mass is found in association with pneumonia. Mass also dx by FNA of lesion if one noted. ...Read more

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If pt. is D/C'd back to a RCFE but now receives nursing services from a hospice, does this mean end of life care? Pt. had aspirational pneumonia.

If pt. is D/C'd back to a RCFE but now receives nursing services from a hospice,  does this mean end of life care? Pt. had aspirational pneumonia.

If true hospice care: Yes, if it is true hospice care. However, some hospice services also provide "bridge care" for patients whose end is not quite in sight yet (it's like palliative care). Hospice services are a wonderful asset to have at the end of one's life. We all have an end. When our end is in sight, hospice is the way to go. It lets one die a good death, at home, pain-free, worry-free, in peace and quiet. ...Read more

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If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there chance of recovery?

If someone is on life support with pneumonia and sepsis, is there  chance of recovery?

Yes: Yes there is certainly a chance for recovery. In fact most patients with sepsis recover. The real chance of recovery depends on all kinds of details, including any underlying medical problems, kinds of organ failure, etc and should be discussed with the doctors involved in the care of the patient. ...Read more

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