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My father was diagnosed with atypical pneumonia. What does this mean?

My father was diagnosed with atypical pneumonia. What does this mean?

Outdated term: "atypical pneumonia" is actually very common, but differs from the "textbook" description of acute onset symptoms with a very predictable x-ray appearance. The designation is not useful. It tells us little about the causative bug(s), and treatment is not determined by the x-ray or acuity of symptoms. Currently, a more useful term used to guide treatment decisions is community acquired pneumonia. ...Read more

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

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

An outdated term: Atypical pneumonia is very common (always has been). The designation was used to distinguish it from "pneumococcal" pneumonia, because the treatment used to be different. Now almost all are treated with the same meds. Another misconception is that we can tell the difference by your symptoms and cxr, but it turns out we probably can't. A more useful term is community acquired pneumonia. ...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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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

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Can you tell me what is atypical pneumonia and what are the requested tests?

Can you tell me what is atypical pneumonia and what are the requested tests?

IgM: If we are referring to mycoplasma pneumonia as atypical pneumonia, the dignostic test would be mycoplasma igm, and also cold aglutinin test could help. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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

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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Would atypical pneumonia surely lead to h1n1?

Would atypical pneumonia surely lead to h1n1?

No: H1n1 influenza occurs only during epidemics, and while there is h1n1 influenza in the U.S. Right now, especially in the northeast, you wouldn't necessarily get it just because you had atypical pneumonia. On the other hand, people with influenza can sometimes develop viral or bacterial pneumonia as a complication. ...Read more

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My 12 year old niece is suffering from atypical pneumonia. What are the precautions to be taken?

My 12 year old niece is suffering from atypical pneumonia. What are the precautions to be taken?

Avoid contacts: This a type of pneumonia is caused by mycoplasma and treated with Erythromycin antibiotic. Precautions are same as with any other respiratory infection. Avoidance of close proximity, touching contaminated surfaces etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more